The ERC Board of Directors have instructed the ERC Disciplinary Officer to proceed with misconduct complaints against Viadana.


The ERC Board of Directors have instructed the ERC Disciplinary Officer to proceed with misconduct complaints against Viadana arising 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 fixture was postponed on Friday, 20 January 2006 and again postponed on Saturday, 21 January following another pitch inspection when the pitch was deemed unplayable.



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 deferred a decision on whether misconduct charges should be brought against Viadana.



The ERC Board convened yesterday (Tuesday, 28 February) to consider this matter and directed the ERC Disciplinary Officer to proceed with misconduct complaints against Viadana as follows:



i) failure to take suitable actions to prepare their pitch


ii) failure to fulfil the fixture



An independent Disciplinary Committee will be convened to hear the case as soon as is practicable.