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Blaydon appeal rejected - but ban cut

17 December 2009

  • Blaydon RFC disciplinary decision by Durham RFU upheld
  • But new information brings ban reduction

An appeal by Blaydon RFC against a disciplinary decision by Durham RFU officials was heard by a Rugby Football Union Appeal Hearing at the Holiday Inn Express in Newcastle this week.

The panel rejected the club’s contention that the citing of Stephen Smith for striking contrary to Law 10 (4) (a) was outside the jurisdiction of the County and found that the decision of the Durham panel was not proved by Blaydon to be wrong and/or unreasonable.

However, the Panel, chaired by Antony Davies and comprising David MacInnes and Derek Morgan, ruled that in the light of further information only revealed at the appeal hearing, the sanction of a seven-match ban should be reduced to five matches.