Bloodgate physiotherapist Brennan wins appeal

Former Harlequins physiotherapist Steph Brennan has won a court appeal against his dismissal for the role he played in the “bloodgate” scandal.


Brennan’s lawyers accused the Health Professions Council (HPC) of unlawfully imposing a two year ban on him for helping Harlequins winger Tom Williams to fake an injury.


Brennan admitted helping Williams fake an injury during Harlequins’ Heineken Cup quarter-final defeat by Leinster in April 2009.


The High Court overturned the sanction imposed by the Health Professions Council against Brennan in September and his lawyers successfully argued the penalty was too severe.


The court ordered the HPC to reconsider the case.


Brennan, who is serving a two-year ban from rugby, admitted in total five instances of faking blood injuries, between the rugby club’s 2005-06 season and the 2009 game.

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