Viadana appeared before an independent Disciplinary Committee in Dublin today (Thursday, 13 April)…
…and were found guilty of misconduct complaints lodged against the club by the ERC Disciplinary Officer and fined a total of Euros 3,500.
The complaints arose from the twice postponed Round 6 European Challenge Cup Pool 1 match between Viadana and Northampton Saints, which was originally scheduled for Friday, 20 January, 2006.
The Disciplinary Committee was chaired by Brian McLoughlin (Ireland) and also comprised Mark McParland and Hugh Logan, both Ireland.
The fixture was postponed on Friday, 20 January 2006 and again postponed on Saturday, 21 January.
Viadana chose to forfeit the game rather than travel to an alternative venue for a rescheduled match. The fixture was referred to the ERC Board of Directors, as per ERC regulations, who awarded the game to Northampton Saints and subsequently directed the ERC Disciplinary Officer to proceed with misconduct complaints against Viadana.
The independent Disciplinary Committee found Viadana guilty of:
i) failure to take suitable actions to prepare their pitch.
Viadana were fined Euros 1,000.
ii) failure to fulfil the fixture.
Viadana were fined Euros 2,500.
The committee took into consideration all the evidence and arguments presented by both parties. They also took into account the importance of pretecting the integrity of the ERC tournaments as well as mitigating factors on the part of Viadana.