Premiership Rugby has today published the full 'Reasoned Decision' from Sport Resolutions after an independent panel was formed to adjudicate on the Gloucester Rugby v Worcester Warriors Gallagher Premiership Rugby match, which was due to be staged on Friday 25 Match at 7.45pm.
In accordance with the Premiership Rugby regulations, Sport Resolutions was asked to form an independent panel to decide the result of the match, chaired by Rt. Hon. Sir Gary Hickinbottom, and he was joined on the panel by Carol Couse and Jonathan Rennie.
As a result of the independent panel investigation, Gloucester Rugby were awarded a match result of 20-0 and 5 league points. The full Reasoned Decision from SPUK has now been published.
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Commenting on the report, Gloucester Rugby CEO Lance Bradley said:
“The impact of Worcester’s decision to cancel the match was significant across the club and amongst both sets of fans, not least due to doing so within only a few hours of the scheduled kick-off.
“It was frustrating for both sets of fans who had been looking forward to a good game of live rugby, whether at Kingsholm or live on BT Sport, and it was frustrating for our players, coaches and other staff who had been working hard to prepare for the game.
“We refunded all match ticket holders, season ticket holders, box holders and hospitality guests; all of which resulted in significant financial loss for the club. There were also huge financial damages incurred through lost food and drinks sales, not only for Gloucester Rugby, but also for numerous establishments around the city.
“We are pleased the independent panel rejected Worcester’s claims that the cancellation was due to Covid-19, and that they did everything they could to field a team. As is evident in the report, clearly neither of these things was the case.
“The club will now seek compensation from Worcester Warriors through the relevant channels.”