An independent Appeal Committee convened in Dublin on Friday, 1 June to hear the appeal of Toulouse player Trevor Brennan against the decision of an independent Disciplinary Committee, which found him guilty of Misconduct.

The independent Appeal Committee chaired by Wyn Williams QC (Wales) and also comprising Robert Horner (England) and Sheriff Bill Dunlop (Scotland) heard from Trevor Brennan, several character witnesses and from ERC’s Disciplinary Officer.

The Appeal Committee has now retired to deliberate on the appeal and intend to communicate their full decision to both parties by Monday, 11 June 2007.

The independent Disciplinary Committee which met in London on Friday, 16 March had found Mr Brennan guilty of Misconduct under the Heineken Cup Disciplinary Rules in that during the Round 6 Heineken Cup Pool 5 match against Ulster Rugby at Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday, 21 January, Mr Brennan entered one of the seating areas in the stadium and repeatedly struck an Ulster spectator namely Mr Patrick Bamford.

The independent Disciplinary Committee imposed on Mr Brennan a lifetime suspension from playing Rugby Union and also imposed a lifetime ban on Mr Brennan from participating in any capacity in tournaments organised by ERC. Mr Brennan was also fined Euro 25,000 and was ordered to pay Euro 5,000 compensation to Mr Bamford and the costs of convening the hearing.