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Wednesday 25 April 2018

Dyson has no problem facing a disciplinary panel

Simon Dyson. Picture: Carlos Barria/REUTERS
Simon Dyson. Picture: Carlos Barria/REUTERS

ENGLAND'S Simon Dyson said he is happy to appear before a disciplinary panel which could ban him from the European Tour after insisting his disqualification from the BMW Masters last week was due to "an accidental mistake".

Dyson was joint second after 36 holes at Lake Malaren when he was disqualified for signing for an incorrect score in the second round.

The 35-year-old failed to add a two-shot penalty to his card after an incident on the eighth hole, when he touched the line of his putt after marking his ball.

Having reviewed the matter, senior European Tour officials concluded that an investigation into an alleged "serious breach" of the Tour's code of behaviour was required.

Sources close to Dyson feel that there has been an over-reaction to an unintentional breach of the rules.

In a statement, Dyson said: "I have been informed of the procedure being put in place by the Tour following my actions during the second round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai last week and am perfectly happy to co-operate with the investigation by the independent disciplinary panel.

"I would like to say at this stage that I have never deliberately broken the rules either on this occasion or in the past. It was only after I was shown the replay of my action after marking the ball on the eighth green during the second round that I realised what I had done and that I was in breach. I immediately accepted that I should be disqualified.

"My action was in no way a deliberate act with the intention of breaking the rules. It was simply an accidental mistake which I have no reservations in apologising for and particularly to my fellow professionals and the Tour."

Under European Tour regulations, the three-person panel will comprise an independent lawyer, an ex-member of the European Tour and an experienced sports administrator.

If Dyson is found guilty of a serious breach of the code, the Tour can impose sanctions which range from "a reprimand, a censure, a fine, a suspension of membership, a suspension from participation in one or more tournaments or for a given period, or expulsion from the European Tour, or otherwise as the panel shall determine."

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