7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Viadana chose to forfeit the game rather than travel to an alternative venue in Livorno, Italy, for a rescheduled match.
As per ERC regulations the fixture was therefore referred to the ERC Board of Directors.
The ERC Board found that as Viadana had chosen to forfeit the match and that as Northampton Saints had remained available to fulfil the fixture and had missed the opportunity to win the match and secure a bonus point, Northampton Saints should be awarded the fixture and five match points and four tries (20 points).
The decision by the Board to award Northampton Saints five match points and four tries was done in order to ensure fairness. The decision of the ERC Board is final and binding.
A decision on whether misconduct complaints should arise from this fixture will be made by the ERC Board of Directors next week.