31 Aug 2009

Harlequins chairman steps down over fake blood-bin scandal

8:02 am on 31 August 2009

The chairman of English rugby club Harlequins Charles Jillings has resigned after accepting responsibility for the faked injury scandal which has disgraced the English Premiership club.

Former Harlequins director of rugby Dean Richards was banned from coaching in Europe for three years and winger Tom Williams suspended for four months fabricating a blood injury to Williams during a Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster in April.

Williams left the field with fake blood dripping from his mouth so that specialist kicker Nick Evans could return to the field in the closing stages with Harlequins narrowly behind.

Jillings said neither he, nor the board, had been aware of the club's attempt to fake an injury nor the subsequent attempts to cover up the incidents in a European Rugby Cup hearing.

Harlequins were fined 300,000 euros but have so far escaped further punishment despite ERC evidence detailing four other occasions in which injuries were fabricated.