An independent Disciplinary Committee will be convened in London on Thursday, 2 July, and Friday, 3 July, 2009, to hear Misconduct Complaints under the Heineken Cup 2008/09 Disciplinary Rules brought against Harlequins.
The Misconduct Complaints arise from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Leinster at the Twickenham Stoop on 12 April, 2009 and concern the blood substitution of replacement Tom Williams (No 22) in the 75th minute of the match.
The independent Disciplinary Committee will be chaired by Robert HP Williams (Wales) and also comprise Pat Barriscale (Ireland) and Dr Stuart Reary (Scotland).
Independent Disciplinary Committee
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 http://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.