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Elliot Saltman decides against cheating appeal
February 15, 2011

Elliot Saltman denied on Monday he was a cheat after deciding not to appeal against his three-month suspension from golf.

Saltman was banned last month after being found guilty of breaching a regulation during the first round of the Russian Challenge Cup in September.

The Scot, who was disqualified from the second-tier Challenge Tour event for incorrectly marking his ball, attended a disciplinary hearing in Abu Dhabi last month along with his two playing partners in Russia, Englishmen Marcus Higley and Stuart Davis. “Legal advisers have advised of concerns over the likelihood of an appeal success given the procedures followed by the European Tour that restrict their ability to proactively and fully put his case,” Saltman’s representatives said in a statement on Monday.

“An inability under European Tour rules to obtain full statements from the witnesses who claimed Elliot had incorrectly marked his ball in the advance of the appeal plus the possibility the appeal might be heard by the same people who made the original decision, also persuaded Elliot and his lawyers the likelihood of success was seriously hampered.”

Saltman said he was innocent of the charge but added the stigma of being described as a cheat “I will now almost certainly have to carry for the rest of my life”.

“I wish to emphasise again I do not cheat, have never cheated, and do not believe I have done anything wrong,” he said in the statement. “I want to get back to playing as quickly as I can because playing is the best way to show people I am not a cheat.

“It has been a terrible few months. I have worked all my life to be a professional golfer and I love the game. To have people who don’t know me and who know nothing about me, go out in the media and question my honesty is really hurtful.”

Saltman is expecting a less than welcoming atmosphere when he gets back on the course.

“I know there is a lot of sympathy for me among the players … although I am sure that a few will give me a frosty reception,” he said.

“That will be difficult but I will just have to live with it,” added Saltman who has played in only four European Tour events in his career.








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