Saracens not happy with RFU and Venter ban

Saracens will appeal the RFU disciplinary tribunal 14-week touchline ban and ask for explanation into the manner in which the RFU handled the decision.

The Premiership club issued a statement saying that they were pleased that the RFU disciplinary tribunal has cleared Brendan Venter of pushing a lady supporter of Leicester Tigers.

CEO Edward Griffiths said: “The charge was summarily dismissed by Jeff Blackett, although we will still be asking the RFU to explain why they levelled and publicised the charge before giving either Brendan or the club the chance to offer our version of events. This process needs to be revised.”

The tribunal found Venter guilty of conduct prejudicial to the image of the game, and imposed a 14-week touchline ban.

Griffiths added: “In essence, Brendan stood up to follow play during the match at Leicester because he was given a seat with a restricted view, half a dozen Leicester supporters complained and this has now resulted in a substantial touchline ban, which may keep him away from the team on the day of the Premiership final.

“We will immediately appeal against this decision, and the RFU have indicated the appeal will be heard before the final.”

Saracens is disappointed by the suggestion of RFU disciplinary officer Jeff Blackett that Brendan Venter ‘didn’t understand the seriousness of the situation’ that occurred during the recent match against Leicester. The RFU tribunal has banned Venter from participation in next week’s Premiership final.

CEO Edward Griffiths said: “The RFU rightly upholds the core values of the sport, which include respect for the opposition at all times. Where was the respect for Brendan?”

“He is given a seat with a restricted view, he stands only so he can see what is happening on the field and he is abused by home supporters. “


“In response, he does not swear at anybody, he does not make an obscene gesture at anybody, he does not lose his temper – and yet is now denied the right to coach his team at the final.

“We will appeal against the verdict and sentence as soon as possible.”

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