The Board of ERC, Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup tournament organisers, convened today (Tuesday, 8 September 2009) to consider issues arising from the recent Misconduct cases against Harlequins and others.
Further Misconduct Complaints against Harlequins and/or its officials, players or staff
The Board fully accepts the decisions reached by the independent Appeal Committee in the cases brought to date. The Board went on to acknowledge and thank the independent Disciplinary and Appeal Committees for their commitment throughout the process.
The ERC Board believes that the ERC Disciplinary Officer has brought the Misconduct charges against Harlequins and/or its officials and staff as far as is feasible in this instance.
The Board has received confirmation from the Rugby Football Union that they will review the documentation available, with a view to considering if there are grounds for the RFU to investigate the behaviour of Harlequins and its officials, players and staff that was not dealt with by the independent Disciplinary and/or Appeal Committees. The Board has directed the ERC Disciplinary Officer to pass onto the RFU, where appropriate, relevant information gathered in ERC's investigation and hearings.
Further Misconduct complaints against Dr Wendy Chapman
ERC have also confirmed that the General Medical Council (GMC, UK) has also contacted ERC seeking information regarding Dr. Chapman's involvement in the disciplinary process. The Board has reserved its position in relation to Dr Wendy Chapman.