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Despite a one-time waiver from the U.S. Department of State regarding travel on Haudenosaunee passports, the British government will not allow the Iroquois team to enter the country with documents it considers less than valid. They will not be in Manchester in time for tomorrow’s opening ceremonies and scheduled game versus England.

The AP has more details on the legal situation:


Thus, tomorrow’s scheduled 7:30 pm England vs. Iroquois will be forfited. In its place, England will play Germany in the tournament’s opening game. The England-Germany match-up will be an exhibition game, and the results will not
count toward the championship.

Federation of International Lacrosse spokesman Ron Balls stated, “We are sorry that the Iroquois are still having problems getting their visas. Given the delays, we had to make a decision on the opening date. After discussions, we are pleased that Germany will participate in the opening game.”

While it sounds like the British government won’t budge, it’s worth noting that the Iroquois have not withdrawn from the competition. If they are granted access to the UK, they can still compete in their remaining games.

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