An independent Disciplinary Committee, which convened in London yesterday (Thursday, 2 July) and today (Friday, 3 July), to hear Misconduct Complaints under the Heineken Cup 2008/09 Disciplinary Rules brought against Harlequins has now adjourned.
The Misconduct Complaints concerned the blood substitution of replacement Tom Williams (No 22) in the 75th minute of the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Leinster at the Twickenham Stoop on 12 April, 2009.
The independent Disciplinary Committee is chaired by Robert HP Williams (Wales) and also comprises Pat Barriscale (Ireland) and Dr Stuart Reary (Scotland).
Over the two-day hearing, the Committee heard submissions from representatives of ERC and Harlequins and from a number of witnesses and also considered further evidence including broadcast footage from the game.
The independent Disciplinary Committee still have further witnesses and evidence to hear and have now adjourned until Monday, 20 July, 2009, when the hearing will be reconvened in London.
Independent Disciplinary Committee / Misconduct Hearings
a) The independent Disciplinary Committee is chosen by the Chairman of the independent Disciplinary Panel, Professor Lorne Crerar.
b) The ERC Disciplinary Officer, Roger O'Connor, presents the case against the club / individual
c) Both parties to the hearing (ERC and the club / individual) have the right to appeal decisions of the independent Disciplinary Committee. Appeals must be lodged within 72 hours of receiving the full written decision from the Chairman of the independent Disciplinary Committee
d) The full written decision of the independent Disciplinary Committee will be available on www.ercrugby.com/disciplinenews when the disciplinary process is complete.
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.