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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Jon Davis, as Citing Officer, has reviewed the incident and recommends that the citing complaint should now go before a disciplinary hearing.
An independent Disciplinary Panel will now be convened and the hearing will be held as soon as is practicable.
Three citing complaints made by Perpignan, against Edinburgh Rugby players Craig Joiner, Chris Paterson and Allister Hogg, were all dismissed by the citing officer.
a) A citing complaint must be made, in writing, and received by the independent Citing Officer within 50 hours of the start of the match
b) There is a panel of independent Citing Officers who could be used during the season. The Citing Officers are suitably trained and experienced in rugby disciplinary matters. The decision of the Citing Officer is final
c) The independent Disciplinary Committee is chosen by the Chairman of Discipline, Professor Lorne Crerar
d) The three-man panel normally consists of a legal expert (Chairman), an eminent rugby administrator and former player
e) No member of the independent Disciplinary Committee may be chosen from a country whose club is a party to the complaint
f) The ERC Disciplinary Officer, Roger O'Connor, will present the case against the cited player and not the opposing club as in previous seasons