East Midlands Rugby Union

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Reporting Hearings

When a Player is sent off this must be reported by the Club to the EMRU Discipline Secretary within 48 hours of the match finishing.

This must include:

  • the offending Player’s name (as registered with GMS),
  • Player’s date of birth & RFU ID Number,
  • matches details and date,
  • offence & Law Number (as confirmed with match official)
  • match official name and Society (or note if a “Club ref”).

Match Officials must ensure that the sending off report is emailed to the EMRU Discipline Secretary within 48 hours of the match finishing. The report will be emailed to the Club in order for them to hold their discipline hearing as soon as possible.

On completion of their hearing the Club will report their decision to the EMRU Discipline Secretary prior to the CB hearing using the Short Judgment Form (SJF). See completion details of SJF in section below. SJF can be found below

As per regulations Age Grade Players (ie Under 18 and below), sent off in Age Grade matches are not required to attend CB Panel hearings. Their cases shall be heard within the Club by appropriate members, the outcome of which shall be sent to the Age Grade Secretary together with the judgement form, for him to approve the sanction.

Any player sent off is not permitted to play again until their case has been heard by an EMRU CB or RFU Disciplinary panel. The hearing can be either in person or on papers in appropriate non serious foul play or abuse cases (for example two yellow cards).

Hearings are held as soon as is practicable after the incident, at the most by the Thursday within 2 weeks following the incident, to ensure no player is unduly punished by missing matches unnecessarily.

The time, date and venue will be notified after receipt of the Short Judgement Form following the Club’s hearing.

Proposed panel hearing dates:

Proposed Disciplinary Meeting Dates for this coming season are as below  – all on Thursdays:

2021      9 Sep, 23 Oct, 07 Oct, 21 Oct, 04 Nov, 18 Nov, 02 Dec, 16 Dec

2022       06 Jan, 20 Jan, 03 Feb, 17 Feb, 03 Mar, 17 Mar, 31 Mar, 14 Apr, 28 Apr, 12 May, 26 May

* Note: every effort shall be made by the Panel to ensure that all hearings are held within 14 days of the sending off in order that no player is unduly punished by missing matches unnecessarily.

All hearings scheduled to be held in the Larry Webb Room, Bedford Blues RFC, Goldington Road, Bedford MK40 3NF. Alternatively, they may be held at another suitable venue.

Costs

Clubs are responsible for paying all costs charged against any person who appears in front of a panel arising from an incident. Costs will be invoiced by EMRU and must be paid within 14 days of invoice. Fees applicable for the current season are:

SENIOR: Disciplinary hearings (in person/ on papers) £30. All Citings £125. For late notification an additional £20 fee is applied

AGE GRADE: Disciplinary hearings (in person/ on papers) £15. For late notification an additional £10 fee is applied

Appeals

Players and clubs have the right to appeal decisions of an EMRU panel by following the procedure set out in the current RFU rules and regulations, subject to a fee of £125.