15 Sep 2010

Physiotherapist struck off following bloodgate affair

6:06 am on 15 September 2010

A physiotherapist has been struck off for his role in the English rugby "Bloodgate" affair.

Stephen Brennan staged Tom Williams' blood injury during Harlequins' Heineken Cup match against Leinster in April 2009.

During a two-day hearing he also admitted using fake blood capsules a further four times in three years.

The Health Professions Council found that his misconduct had impaired his fitness to practise.

Harlequins were losing 6-5 in the 2009 Heineken Cup quarter-final against Irish side Leinster when Tom Williams bit a fake blood capsule..... the supposed injury allowed a specialist goal kicker on to the pitch as a substitute for the Harlequins player in the final minutes of the game but they failed to win.

Mr Brennan admitted giving players fake blood capsules, on three occasions for the player's welfare and the fourth time to get a player on to the pitch after a team-mate had been sent to the sin-bin.

He told the panel he bought fake blood capsules from a joke shop in Clapham, south London, in 2005 and 2007 but said they were not regularly kept in his physio bag.

He was reimbursed for the purchase by Harlequins by making a claim on expenses.