Plymouth Albion ‘relieved’ at RFU verdict
PLYMOUTH Albion have said they are 'relieved' that they did not face financial sanctions or an instant five point deduction for bringing the game into disrupt following a mass brawl in their game against Bristol on November 24.
However, Albion have warned their players, officials and supporters that poor behaviour will not be tolerated at Brickfields.
Albion and Bristol were handed a suspended five-point deduction at a an RFU hearing on Tuesday evening for conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game, contrary to Law 5.12.
The deduction is suspended for 12 months, meaning any further incident which would be dealt with under Law 5.12 will mean an instant loss of those points.
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Albion chairman Graham Stirling said in a statement: "This is a very serious outcome for our club.
"Whilst we are relieved that there are no financial sanctions for the club and that the five point deduction was not instant, this will be a Sword of Damocles hanging over us for the next 12 months.
"It will mean the club cannot be involved in any incident which would be dealt with under the 5.12 banner.
"This includes the behaviour of players, coaches and club officials both on and off the pitch – it also means that we have to continue to uphold exceptional conduct from our supporters and visitors to the club.
"Albion have always recognised the RFU Core Values and we strive to make the Brickfields a place to come and watch the game in a safe and family friendly environment.
"We have never tolerated poor behaviour from our crowds towards each other, players or match officials and it will be more important than ever to make sure that this is the case going forward."
At the same hearing Albion prop Jack Andrew was given a three-ban for punching or striking, contrary to Law 10.4(a). He had pleaded guilty to the offence and Albion had already handed him a three-game internal suspension.
Albion were liable for hearing costs of £500 in total for both cases.