Scarlets handed suspended fine

Date published: February 19 2016

An independent Disciplinary Committee has decided to impose a suspended fine of €10,000 on Scarlets as a result of a misconduct complaint brought by EPCR against the club following their Champions Cup, Round 5 match against Racing 92 on January 17.

The misconduct complaint was that Scarlets named an ineligible player, Jacob Cowley, in their match day squad in contravention of the Tournament Rules of the 2015/16 Champions Cup.

The player did not enter the field of play at any point during the match at Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

The independent Disciplinary Committee consisting of Antony Davies (England), Chairman, Jeremy Summers (England) and Roddy Dunlop QC (Scotland) considered submissions from Scarlets and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

The Committee accepted that Cowley was named by Scarlets in error as a replacement in their matchday squad for the Round 5 game which Racing 92 won 64-14.

However, it was determined that Scarlets had breached the Champions Cup Tournament Rules by naming a player who had not been registered with EPCR and was therefore ineligible.

The suspended fine will become payable if Scarlets are found to have committed any further breaches of the rules of EPCR's tournaments between February 18 2016 and May 31 2018.