The EPCR has lodged a misconduct complaint against Timisoara Saracens following the cancellation of the Romanian club’s Challenge Cup, Round 4 fixture against Northampton Saints on Saturday.

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The misconduct complaint is that Timisoara Saracens did not take all appropriate steps to prepare and protect the playing surface at the Dan Paltinisanu Stadium in contravention of the Tournament Rules of the 2018/19 Challenge Cup Participation Agreement.

Heavy snow had rendered the pitch at the Dan Paltinisanu Stadium unplayable, leaving Match Referee Joy Neville with no option but to cancel the fixture.

As there was no suitable alternative venue, the match could not be played on the scheduled date and at the appointed kick-off time.

“While we’re disappointed of course that we’ve made the journey and not been able to play in Romania, our thanks go to the Saints supporters who have travelled here in outstanding numbers,” said Northampton Saints chief executive Mark Darbon.

“We are very grateful to them as ever for their dedication. Unfortunately the weather won out today.”

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