23 Jan 2011

Ban quashed over 'bloodgate scandal'

12:11 pm on 23 January 2011

The former physiotherapist who was at the centre of the bloodgate scandal that shocked the rugby world, has had his two-year ban quashed.

The Harlequins rugby club physio Steph Brennan, was struck off over his involvement in helping to fabricate a blood injury to Harlequins' winger Tom Williams during a Heineken Cup quarter-final defeat in 2009.

The bogus injury allowed the club to replace the player with a specialist goal-kicker in the last few minutes of the game.

Brennan had admitted to faking blood injuries on five occasions between the 2005-06 season and the 2009 game.

The court quashed a decision to suspend Brennan for two years and the judge said the decision of the Health Professions Council to strike Brennan off was "legally inadequate".

He said Brennan had acted at "the behest of a dishonest coach on behalf of their joint employer" and his punishment should be a matter for rugby's regulatory body.

The HPC has been ordered to pay Brennan's legal costs of more than 12,000 pounds and to reconsider the case.