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Primorje hold off Partizan, Red Star excluded

Primorje defeated Partizan 8-14 to remain in 2nd place in the regional league after the 14th round on Sunday, but the main news came from fellow Belgrade based squad Red Star who got excluded from the league and saw president Viktor Jelenic receive an 18-month suspension from his duties in relation to the league. Jelenic meanwhile has announced to take the case to the Sports Arbitration Court in Lausanne, Switzerland. The signing of players Srdjan Aksentijevic, Dragan Draskovic and Filip Kljajevic from Tbilisi, Georgia in the winter break is not allowed by the league's rules while Red Star continues to state that they handeld according to the LEN and Serbia Water Polo Federation rules. As the squad kept playing their matches with these 3 alledged non-eligble players, the league first punished Red Star with fines and deducting points but after 3 games, decided to exclude Red Star from the league. Now the dispute got to the worst-case scenario with a team being excluded, although an appeal can be expected over the course of this week.
In water polo results on Sunday, Primorje got away from their trip to Belgrade with a win over Partizan who stayed close in the opening quarter but had to let go in the 2nd session as the visitors, led by Petar Muslim's 5 goals, started walking away. After the main break the home side was unable to force a turnaround with Primorje in solid fashion walking to an 8-14 victory. In the two other matches played, league leaders Jug had another easy outing as Radnicki were outplayed in Dubrovnik 16-2 while Jadran Herceg Novi, also at home, were not endangered by Vojvodina who suffered a 21-9 defeat visiting Montenegro.
The league continues with round 15 next Friday.

Regional league
14th round

Sunday, February 7:

Partizan Raiffeisen Belgrade (SRB) vs. Primorje EB Rijeka (CRO) 8-14 (2-3, 2-5, 3-3, 1-3)
Partizan scorers: Gavril Subotic 3, Nikola Jaksic 3, Drasko Gogov, Mateja Asanovic.

Primorje scorers: Petar Muslim 5, Cosmin Radu 2, Nikola Dedovic 2, Miho Boskovic 2, Ivan Krapic, Ante Vukicevic, Antonio Petrovic.

Jug CO Dubrovnik (CRO) vs. VK Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB) 16-2 (4-0, 2-1, 6-1, 4-0)
Jug scorers: Loren Fatovic 3, Pavo Markovic 3, Jacob Mercep 2, Felipe Perrone 2, Josip Vrlic 2, Marko Macan, Luka Loncar, Marko Ivankovic, Hrvoje Benic.

Radnicki scorers: Vuk Jelaca, Djordje Lekic.

Jadran Carine Herceg Novi (MNE) vs. Vojvodina Novi Sad (SRB) 21-9 (1-0, 7-2, 6-2, 7-5)
Jadran scorers: Aleksa Ukropina 5, Stefan Vidovic 3, Miroslav Randjic 3, Filip Gardasevic 2, Zeljko Kovacic 2, Duro Radovic 2, Bojan Banicevic, Petar Mijuskovic, Aleksa Petrovski, Vladan Spajic.

Vojvodina scorers: Marko Trkulja 3, Kristijan Sulc 2, Danilo Tenebojm, Ilja Prekogacic, Mirel Catovic, Nemanja Petkovic.

The standings are now as follows:

1. Jug CO Dubrovnik 13 - 39 pts
2. Primorje EB Rijeka 12 - 33
3. Jadran Carine Herceg Novi 13 - 33
4. Partizan Raiffeisen Belgrade 13 - 21
5. HAVK Mladost Zagreb 11 - 17
6. Mornar BS 12 - 13
7. OVK POSK 12 - 7
8. Vojvodina Novi Sad 13 - 6
9. VK Radnicki Kragujevac 13 - 6

Top scorers:

1. Felipe Perrone (Jug) - 33 goals
2. Petar Muslim (Primorje) - 31
3. Aleksa Ukropina (Jadran) - 30

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