The independent Disciplinary Committee viewed videos and received an admission from the player Darren Fox and found the citing complaint to be upheld.
After considering all the mitigating factors a suspension of eight (8) weeks was imposed, up to and including 26 December, 2004, and an order made for the player to pay the costs of the hearing. The player was advised of his right to appeal.
a) A citing complaint must be made, in writing, and received by the independent 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