Rugby Calvisano today (Thursday, 13 April) appeared before an independent Appeal Committee in Dublin...
...to appeal against the sanctions imposed by an independent Disciplinary Committee relating to two acts of misconduct.
The complaints related to the twice postponed Round 5 Heineken Cup Pool 2 match between Rugby Calvisano and Leeds Tykes at Centro Sportivo San Michele, initially scheduled for Saturday 14 January, 2006.
The original indpendent Disciplinary Committee found Calvisano guilty of:
i) failure to prepare a suitable venue for the match (Saturday, 14 January, 2006 at 14.00.)
A fine of €10,000 was imposed. Rugby Calvisano also had to pay compensation to Leeds Tykes of €7,500
ii) refusal to fulfil a rescheduled fixture when directed by ERC.
A fine of €5,000 was imposed.
The independent Appeal Committee was chaired by Brian McLoughlin (Ireland) and also comprised Mark McParland and Hugh Logan, both Ireland. They ruled that the original decisions of the independent Disciplinary Committee be upheld in that Rugby Calvisano were guilty on both counts.
With regard to sanctions they ruled that:
i) The sanction imposed of a fine of €10,000 in the first complaint will stand and the order to pay compensation to Leeds be set aside.
ii) The sanction of a fine in relation to the second charge was withdrawn and the independent Appeal Committee imposed a caution on Rugby Calvisano.
The directors of ERC voted unanimously at a Board meeting to postpone all decisions including the release of further instalments of ERC's distributable central revenues to the six shareholder countries until 19 February next when the Board will meet again to reconsider the issue.