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March 10, 2013

London Welsh's Phillips hits out at 'harsh' sanction

on 03/10/2013

London Welsh have confirmed they will appeal their points deduction for fielding an ineligible player – and hit back at remarks in the RFU panel’s judgement.

Welsh were deducted five points and fined £15,000 for playing ineligible scrum-half Tyson Keats, while their former team manager was banned from rugby for life at a separate hearing for fraud concerning Keats’ documentation.

London Welsh chairman Bleddyn Phillips reacted to the judgement with dismay, saying London Welsh were “unwitting victims of the fraudulent act” as well as confirming they would appeal the decision.

In a statement Phillips said: “The club considers it an unnecessarily harsh and disproportionate sanction. The club, and indeed the RFU, was the unwitting victim of a fraudulent act which the club sought to address in the appropriate manner as soon as it became aware of it."

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