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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
ERC, the Heineken Cup tournament organisers, have received citing complaints arising from the Pool 4 match between Neath-Swansea Ospreys and Munster played at The Gnoll on Sunday, 31 October, 2004. The citing complaints will now be reviewed by an independent Citing Officer who will determine if the complaints should be referred to an independent Disciplinary Committee.
Citing complaints have been received against Neath-Swansea Ospreys wing Richard Mustoe from Munster and against Munster prop Marcus Horan from Neath-Swansea Ospreys.
a) A citing complaint must be made, in writing, and received by thevindependent 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, presents the case against any cited player and not the opposing club as in previous seasons