Gloucester Rugby's Head of Rugby Operations Rob Burgess, who represented Azam at today's appeal, expressed his satisfaction at the fact that the appeal was upheld but natural disappointment that the length of ban remained the same.
"We're pleased that the panel upheld our appeal and acknowledged that the offence was mid range rather than top end."
"We feel this was more in line with the nature of the offence which, as the original panel judged, was caused by Olivier kicking out in an attempt to free his ankle when it was being twisted rather than in a deliberate attempt to cause injury and/ or kick Steve Borthwick in the face."
"So, I'm pleased in that respect as we felt Olivier's reputation would have been unfairly tarnished had that distinction not been made."
"However, we are disappointed that the length of the ban remains at 12 weeks which is a significant absence for an offence where there was no deliberate intent to cause injury."
"Olivier will now miss three months of rugby at a critical time of the season, which is damaging for both him and the club. He is paying a heavy price for having so recently come off his only other relevant ban in nearly 200 games over 9 seasons for Gloucester."
"We just hope that there is consistency applied not only across the English game but also across Europe for similar cases as this is vital out of fairness to players and for maintaining the credibility of rugby in the eyes of supporters."
Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.