RFU wrong to appeal fine – Gloucester

Date published: June 4 2015

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Gloucester have expressed their surprise and disappointment by the RFU's decision to appeal an independent panel's outcome after the club breached Aviva Premiership Rugby Regulation 3.3(a).

Following the decision in April to fine Gloucester £5,000 and issue a two point deduction, suspended for two years, the RFU appealed the decision and the points deduction is now immediate and will apply to the 2014/15 season.

On April 27, an independent disciplinary hearing found that Argentina lock Mariano Galarza was selected for the Aviva Premiership match against Sale Sharks on March 29, when he did not hold effective registration for Gloucester. 

The club was fined £5,000 and received a two point deduction, suspended for two years.

However, the RFU decided to appeal that decision, resulting in the points being taken off the season just ended, 2014/15.

Gloucester CEO Stephen Vaughan confirmed today that the club will not appeal the decision but were very surprised and disappointed by the RFU's decision to appeal the original ruling.

"We're naturally disappointed by the RFU's decision to appeal the original outcome and the subsequent decision," Vaughan told Gloucester's official website.

"There is no point revisiting the reasons why we feel this is unduly harsh, but can only hope that the reasons were fact based and not due to pressure from other parties.

"In the interests of moving on, and looking forward to the start of a new season, we have accepted the decision and now consider the matter closed."

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