The citing against Biarritz Olympique player Benoit August was held by an Independent Disciplinary Committee in Dublin today not to have been a valid citing complaint.

The citing against Biarritz Olympique player Benoit August, lodged after the Heineken Cup semi-final match between Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque and Bath Rugby at the Estadio Anoeta, on Saturday, 22 April, was held by an Independent Disciplinary Committee in Dublin today not to have been a valid citing complaint.

The citing was lodged by the independent Citing Commissioner appointed for the match, John West (Ireland), and was against Mr August for alleged contravention of Law: 10-4 (e), in that he allegedly committed a dangerous tackle on the Bath No 5 Danny Grewcock, and contravention of 10-4 (k), in that he appeared to make contact with Grewcock’s eye in the tackle.


The independent Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Rod McKenzie (Scotland) and also comprising Mike Rafter (England) and Richard McGhee (Scotland), noted that the Citing Commissioner came from the IRFU as did the Match Referee Alain Rolland.  ERC Disciplinary Rules require that the referee and the Citing Commissioner are drawn from different countries and in these circumstances, the Citing Commissioner not meeting the criteria for appointment, there was no valid citing complaint to consider.