- Five league points deduction upheld by Independent Appeal Panel
- London Welsh fielded ineligible player in 10 Aviva Premiership matches
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The verdict of London Welsh’s appeal before an Independent Panel against this month’s Panel of Inquiry’s decision in respect of a breach of Premiership Regulations has been reached.
The club appealed against the decision to deduct five league points and fine them £15,000, with a further five points deduction suspended until the end of the 2013-14 season, for fielding an ineligible player in 10 Aviva Premiership matches this season.
The decision of the Independent Appeal Panel is that the immediate five league points deduction remains, with the further five points suspended deduction removed. The fine is confirmed as £15,000 to be paid within 21 days of the date of this judgment.
Chairman of the Independent Appeal Panel, Gareth Rees QC, said: “The independent Appeal Panel accepts that the circumstances of this case are quite exceptional. However, we have to mark this serious breach with a points deduction and, although we have allowed the appeal in respect of the five points which were suspended, we must acknowledge the impact on the integrity of the game and deduct five Premiership points with immediate effect.”
According to Premiership Regulations 14.2 (c), the decision is final and binding.
The full London Welsh appeal judgment is available on RFU.com.