12th April 2018

RFU registered agent suspended for 22 months

An independent RFU Disciplinary Panel has imposed a 22 month suspension on RFU registered agent agent Matt Hart, of the Stellar Management Group, after he was found guilty of two breaches of World Rugby / RFU Regulations whilst acting as a registered rugby agent.

The first charge related to betting on the outcome and/or any aspect of an event and receiving part or all of the proceeds of such betting (World Rugby Regulation 6.1.1c and RFU regulations 8.3.2 and 17.3.1c). The second charge was for non-cooperation with a request for information from the RFU Anti-Corruption Officer, which was contrary to RFU Regulations 8.3.2. and 17.3.5c. The Panel, which is independent of the RFU, and consisted of Philip Evans QC (Chairman), Tim Ward QC and Gareth Graham, also ordered the payment of the RFU administration fee of £500.

Alys Lewis, RFU Anti-Corruption Officer, said: “This decision unequivocally demonstrates that any activity which undermines the integrity of our sport, and exposes players and rugby to potential integrity issues, will be treated seriously by the RFU. The sums of money involved and the frequency and duration of the betting, coupled with the lack of cooperation with the RFU’s investigation, have all contributed to a substantial suspension from rugby union which is welcomed by the RFU.” The suspension will begin with immediate effect and end on 11 February 2020.

• This media release was originally published by England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) on 12 April 2018. Click here for the original.

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