East Midlands Rugby Union

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EMRU Disciplinary Procedures

If a club, representative side, school, university or college have a player sent off* it is YOUR responsibility to report the dismissal to the EMRU Discipline Secretary by e-mail or phone (see contact details below) within 48 hours of the offence.

To confirm this is relevant that ALL dismissals by ANY referee at ALL levels (from Under 13s upward) MUST be reported to the Discipline Secretary.

Details of the player’s Date of Birth AND his/her RFU ID number MUST be included, and whenever possible the match and match official’s details. 

The administration fees for 2020-21 are Senior £30 and Age Grade (Under 18s and below) £15 per offence. Failure to report a sending off or other disciplinary offence within the time limit will result in the fee rising to £50.00 for Senior and £25 for Age Grade respectively.

As per World Rugby Regulations: ‘Players Ordered-Off or cited by a Citing Commissioner* shall be provisionally suspended pending the hearing of the case’ which means that no player can play until the case has been considered & dealt with by the CB Disciplinary Panel. 

N.B. Any player cited by an opposition club, and not a citing officer, may continue to play until that citing is heard by a CB/RFU Panel.

If the EMRU Panel deem that the offence is of ‘a not very serious nature’ they may decide that the player need not appear at the hearing and that a decision can be arrived at in his/her absence. The offer to hear the case in the player’s absence does not preclude the player requesting to attend the meeting in the usual way if he/she so wishes.

When a player appears at a disciplinary hearing at least one senior Club official should always accompany him/her.

A player who appears at a hearing has the right to request the referee’s attendance – any expenses incurred by the referee shall be met by the player or the Club.  

If a player does not request the referee to be present at the EMRU Panel Hearing it is deemed that the player has accepted the referee’s report as an accurate account of the incident(s) and may therefore only plead mitigating circumstances for his/her actions.

A player or Club which fails to appear at a hearing without good cause or reason will be expected to pay the administration fee for the cancelled hearing and for the consequent meeting which has to be arranged to hear the case.

All ADULT hearing decisions detailing the date, player’s name & club, offence, verdict & sanction will be posted on the EMRU Website monthly. This shall NOT include any personal details.

Procedures and sanctions to follow are in Regulation 19 in the RFU Handbook (or via the RFU website). Relevant documents & procedures are in the Discipline section of the EMRU website. For further help and advice please contact the EMRU Discipline Secretary as per details below. For clubs wishing to make a citing, see procedures in Policies and Guidance links.

N.B. It is highly advisable to make contact beforehand if and when a Club is considering making a Citing of an opposition player or club.