EPCR Release Statement After Bath Demand Toulouse Game Be Replayed
EPCR have released a statement after Bath owner Bruce Craig last week demanded that their Champions Cup pool game with Toulouse be replayed for a number of reasons.
Craig says the full-time whistle was blown early on the day, with the clock not in the red and has accused the referee’s of failing to protect his players, based on the fact that Jerome Kaino and Lucas Pointud were cited and subsequently banned after the game.
EPCR however, have come back at Bath stating that the television graphics were wrong, and that the stadium clock clearly showed the time had elapsed. In relation to the citings, they have made no comments here (and rightly so), but have stated the result stands.
“EPCR would like to clarify several issues arising from the Heineken Champions Cup, Round 1 fixture between Bath Rugby and Toulouse at The Recreation Ground on Saturday, October ” an EPCR statement read.
“It has been reported in the media that the match referee, Andrew Brace, blew the full-time whistle three seconds before the 80 minutes had elapsed, however, this is incorrect.
“Although the television match graphics indicated that 79 minutes and 57 seconds had elapsed when the match ended, the official stadium clock which was visible to players, club management and to spectators, clearly displayed that 80 minutes had elapsed.
“EPCR accepts that the disparity in this instance between the official time and the time shown on the television match graphics caused some confusion, and ways to avoid any similar situation in the future will be carefully considered by the tournament organiser.
“The result of the Pool 1 match stands. ”