Jersey statement on RFU disciplinary hearing11/10/2013
The Chairman of Jersey Rugby Club, Bill Dempsey, has promised
that the club will bounce back after a difficult week culminated in
the loss of points and a fine from the RFU.
In tonight's disciplinary hearing at the Holiday Inn Gatwick, Jersey RFC pleaded guilty to a breach of RFU Regulation 2.4. The club were fined £5,000 and deducted two league points.
"We're disappointed to have lost points after a making a solid start to our league campaign this season," he said. "However we feel we had a constructive and fair hearing and will now look to move forward.
"We have been investigating the circumstances of this case as we prepared for the RFU hearing, and this investigation will continue," he said. "We recognise that the case has highlighted some shortcomings in the club's internal controls and will be taking measures to remedy this situation.
"I believe firmly the club is robust enough to survive this difficulty and go on to have a successful season, starting with a good day at St Peter tomorrow and a positive result in our opening British & Irish Cup tie against Ayr."
Dempsey added: "We are pleased that the charge against Ben Maidment was dropped, as we firmly believe he had done nothing wrong since the original offence in the match against Coventry. It's been a worrying time for Ben, but we are very confident he will recover from this."