Cudmore cited after Wasps brawl

Jamie Cudmore, Clermont Auvergne’s Canada international flanker, was cited Monday on an allegation of punching following the French club’s dramatic 25-24 European Cup loss away to reigning champions London Wasps last weekend.

A statement issued by organisers European Rugby Cup here Monday said: “The citing lodged by the Citing Commissioner for the match, Rob Flockhart (Scotland), was for the alleged punching of London Wasps prop Tim Payne (No 1) in contravention of Law 10.4 (a).

“The independent Disciplinary Committee will be appointed as soon as is practicable.” Rugby Union’s Law 10.4 (a) prohibits a player from striking an opponent with the fist or arm, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s).

Cudmore was not alone in facing possible punishment.

Former Wasps captain Alan Black, a spectator, appeared to a aim a blow at Clermont prop Martin Scelzo with a match programme as a mass brawl developed in front of him and spilled over the touchline following the initial clash between Cudmore, who received a yellow card, and Payne.

Black, employed as a leisure rugby manager by the Rugby Football Union, the govening body for the sport in England, was thrown out of the stadium.

An RFU statement issued Sunday said: “Alan Black, the RFU’s leisure rugby manager, would like to unreservedly apologise to the Game, London Wasps, Clermont Auvergne, officials, fans and players for the incident that occurred on Saturday.

“The RFU will be co-operating fully with any investigation into the incident that took place at the London Wasps versus Clermont Auvergne match on Saturday. The RFU’s disciplinary officer has been informed and is considering the position.” The statement was issued after Wasps chief executive Tony Copsey said the club would conduct its own inquiry into the incident.

“An individual was identified and expelled from the ground immediately,” said Copsey.

“It was an unfortunate incident because something of this nature has never happened before.

“We won’t over-react to the situation but want to look at it in its fullness. A season or lifetime ban might be forthcoming.”

Sapa-AFP Rugbyweek.com   

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