Following the conclusion of the Ninth Age ETC 2018, it was evident that the winner of the event, was in dispute.
We have now had a chance to review the penalty spreadsheet compiled by our Referee team, as well as a detailed account of the circumstances leading up to the end of the event from both the Referee team, and Team Poland. Following this we have then held a large number of internal discussions within the relevant chairmen, of which there was significant disagreement, despite spending most of the afternoon on this topic. This ultimately culminated in a vote between the 5 chairmen who represented countries not directly linked to either party in the subject of dispute. These were-
Chris Legg - England
Isik Belul - Turkey
Fabrice - France
Jonny Fisher - Northern Ireland
Frederick Humcke - Australia
Following this vote, Jonny did not partake, and in a 3-1 majority, we are now able to announce that the winner of the Ninth Age Event at the ETC 2018 is
In reaching this decision, each Chairmen considered their own positions on the subject, including taking feedback from the community, as well as previous precedence at events.
At this time we are continuing to discuss the circumstances of the Judges calls during the weekend and the call for banning of specific players. A further statement will be made on these aspects shortly, in which we will also provide further comment on the reasons for the application of Penalties to Poland during round 6 and the Awards ceremony.
At this point we would also advise that the tie break system will be fully reviewed before the next event, and note that this is our final response to the question of the winner of the ETC 2018.
We wish Team Spain warm congratulations in this regard and look forwards to seeing them defend their title next year!