This is a perfect example of a Mommie trying to "fix" everything in her kid's life so that the kid has no conflict, always gets what he wants and always goes home with a trophy. That is not how life works!
When your kid drinks and drives or does a little drugs and gets caught, should those rules be changed also? How about when the kid gets a job and thinks he should not actually have to show up when he doesn't want to? Will the employer allow for that gray area too? You are making an emotional cripple out of your kid if you think you need to always step in and smooth everything out so that life never throws him a curve.
Dear Mommie -- it's called personal responsibility. Stop trying to change rules that do not fit with your personal desires. Think about this: if your team had met all of the requirements and some other team was allowed to change the rules, how much would you now be complaining had that other team beaten yours?
I am sick to death of helicopter parents who try to mold the world to their desires. Let your kid learn about real life, you do him no favors by behaving this way.