Truth & Rumors: Saltman reluctantly accepts European Tour ban

In September, 28-year-old European Tour player Elliot Saltman was disqualified from the Russian Challenge Cup for illegally marking his ball on more than one occasion. Since receiving a three-month ban from the Tour, Saltman, who strongly denied cheating, has taken and passed a lie detector test in an attempt to prove his innocence. Now Saltman has decided to accept his punishment as well as the stigma he feels will haunt him for the rest of his career.

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. To be accused of being a cheat is a terrible stigma, and sadly is one that I will now almost certainly have to carry for the rest of my life. I know there is a lot of sympathy for me among the players, although I am sure a few will give me a frosty reception. That will be difficult, but I will have to live with it.
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