Dean Richards has been banned from coaching for three years following the Tom Williams fake blood incident in the Heineken Cup.
Tom Williams’ ban has been reduced to four months, Steph Breannan the physio has been banned for two years and the fine for the club has increased to £259,000 from £206,000 and now payable in full.
There is still a decision pending on whether Harlequins will be allowed to take part in this year’s Heineken Cup.
Reports are saying that the severity of Richards’ punishment was owing to his involvement in four similar incidents – given that many people on The Rugby Blog were shocked at the blood capsule episode had taken place, the mind boggles at what else has happened.
There is a statement on the club website that only mentions the increased fine and the reduction in Williams’ ban. There is nothing about Richards that did so much for the club over the last four years, although it appears that he did even more than we thought!
This is an incredible sanction and leaves the legendary Deano’s career in tatters. I can’t wait to read his autobiography.
Will there be further twists to the tale? What were the other four incidents? Does Deano deserve this ban? What do you think?