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Harlequins and Dave Ward issue statement in wake of spitting controversy

Harlequins and hooker Dave Ward have issued a statement in wake of the spitting controversy that marred yersterday’s game with Wasps at Twickenham.

The statement reads: Following the Premiership match between Harlequins and Wasps at Twickenham on 29th December the Club has reviewed an incident involving Dave Ward and Thomas Young in the 10th minute, which led to a yellow card for Ward.

Following this review the Club has decided to give Dave Ward a one game suspension for treading on Thomas Young’s ankle.

Harlequins Head of Rugby Paul Gustard said: “We have reviewed this episode as a club and I have spoken with Dave.

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“We do not coach, condone or accept foul play and on behalf of the team and the Club, I apologise to Thomas, Dai and Wasps for this incident. It was an unnecessary and regrettable incident in what was a tightly contested match at Twickenham.”

The Club also reviewed an alleged spitting incident involving Dave Ward and are satisfied that there is no case to answer.

Ward said: “I apologise unreservedly to Thomas Young, Wasps and everyone at Harlequins for my yellow card yesterday.

“I would also like to make clear that I did not spit on another player during the match yesterday. Regardless of what the television footage looks like I know that I have never spat on a player in all my career and will never do so.”

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Harlequins and Dave Ward issue statement in wake of spitting controversy | RugbyPass