An ERC investigation into incidents in the Harlequins' Technical Zone during the Heineken Cup Round 4 match against Toulouse at Le Stadium on Sunday, 18 December 2011, has been concluded.
Harlequins co-operated fully with the investigation, and following internal disciplinary action taken by the club, ERC's Disciplinary Officer, Roger O'Connor, has decided that no further action is required. However, the club has been warned as to the future conduct of its staff and players in and around Technical Zones.
Harlequins' Will Skinner was shown a red card in the 79th minute of the match against Toulouse when he played the ball in the Technical Zone in order to prevent Toulouse from taking a quick throw-in, and was later suspended for two weeks for an act contrary to good sportsmanship.
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.