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RFU disciplinary hearing at Coventry

31 January 2011

  • Wellesbourne and Copsewood deducted points after brawl
  • Cases dealt with at Coventry hearing

A Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel, sitting at the Coventry M6 Holiday Inn Hotel, dealt with the following cases this evening (Monday January 31).

1. Moseley forward Michael Ellery was suspended for four weeks after he was found guilty of striking an opponent with his head in the British & Irish Cup match against Neath on January 22.

Ellery, who denied the charge, will be free to resume playing on February 28.

2. Rugby Lions lock Thomas Grimmett was suspended for four weeks after he pleaded guilty by post to striking an opponent with a knee in the National League Two North match against Hull Ionians on January

Grimmett will be free to resume playing on February 28.

3. Luctonians lock Alex Davidson was suspended for two weeks after he was found guilty of stamping on an opponent in the National League Two North match against Nuneaton on January 8.

Davidson, who denied the charge, will be free to resume playing on February 7 having already served a one match suspension imposed by his club.

4. Wellesbourne were deducted 14 league points after they admitted a charge of conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union and/or Game contrary to Rule 5.12 of the RFU after players coaches and spectators were involved in incidents including referee dissent and match official abuse which terminated in a mass brawl and caused the referee to abandon the Midlands Five West (South) match against Copsewood on January 8.

Wellesbourne were also ordered to write a letter of apology to the referee and to notify  all coaches and players of the panel’s decision.

Copsweood were deducted eight points after they admitted a charge of conduct prejudicial to the interest of the Union and/or Game contrary to Rule 5.12 of the RFU after players were involved in a mass brawl which caused the referee to abandon the Midlands Five West (South) match against Wellesbourne on January 8.

Copsewood were also ordered to write a letter of apology to the referee and to notify all coaches and players of the panel’s decision.

The panel ordered that the result of the match should be shown as a 0-0 draw in league records with no points being awarded to either side.

Wellesbourne winger Jamie Cotterell was suspended for six weeks after he admitted a charge of abuse of a match official. Cotterell, who was sent off against Copsewood, will be free to resume playing on March 14.

Wellesbourne number eight Joe Aston was suspended for three weeks after he pleaded guilty to a charge of striking an opponent during the match against Copsewood. Aston, who was sent off in that match, will be free to resume playing on February 21.

The three-man RFU panel was chaired by His Honour Judge Sean Enright and comprised John Brennan, Geoff Payne (for the Ellery case) and Peter Howard (for the other cases).