The RFU have issued a ‘formal reprimand’ to Championship side Richmond FC after a season of indiscipline in the league.
Players from the club broke the limit for disciplinary appearances over the course of a season.
Richmond FC appeared before an independent disciplinary panel for a breach of RFU Regulation 19.3.1, which states: “Where Players or members of a Club appear before a Disciplinary Panel on five or more separate occasions in any one season, that Club may be charged by the RFU Head of Discipline or Constituent Body Disciplinary Secretary and summoned to attend before a Disciplinary Panel on the basis that it has a bad disciplinary record.”
A statement reads:
Richmond FC appeared before an independent disciplinary panel for a breach of RFU Regulation 19.3.1 for a bad disciplinary record and the club were given a formal reprimand.
In season 2018-19, Richmond FC had appeared before an independent disciplinary panel on five occasions to deal with cases involving registered players: Cameron Mitchell, Rory Damant, Ronald McLean Dents, Adam Lee and Craig Trenier.
The club was given a formal reprimand by the independent two-person panel comprising Dr Julian Morris and Kylie Hutchison which will sit on the club’s record.
Panel chair Dr Julian Morris said: “The panel decided to reprimand the club but also requires the club to emphasise, to all players in all age groups, the importance of good tackling technique and the implications of bad discipline, both on players as individuals and the club as a whole. In addition, the club was reminded of its responsibilities to the wider game in respect of discipline.
“The panel require the club to confirm to the RFU that this update to players has been carried out at the beginning of the 2019/20 season”.
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