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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
The Disciplinary Committee will be chaired by Brian McLoughlin (Ireland) and also comprise Mark McParland (Ireland) and Hugh Logan, (Ireland) The fixture was postponed on Friday, 20 January 2006 and again postponed on Saturday, 21 January.
Viadana chose to forfeit the game rather than travel to an alternative venue for a rescheduled match. The fixture was referred to the ERC Board of Directors, as per ERC regulations, who awarded the game to Northampton Saints and following a meeting on Tuesday, 28 February, the ERC Board directed the ERC Disciplinary Officer to proceed with misconduct complaints against Viadana as follows:
i) failure to take suitable actions to prepare their pitch
ii) failure to fulfil the fixture