Danny Cipriani was fined £ 2,000 and ordered 10 hours of community work by Gloucester after he had pleaded guilty to attacking a bouncer and opposing arrest on last week's Jersey tour last week. Nevertheless, the club maintains against the decision of the Rugby Football Union to charge him with discrediting the game.
The 30-year-old is faced with an RFU disciplinary hearing, which is believed to take place later this week, after head of the discipline David Barnes decided to take action against the player after his arrest.
Cipriani was involved in an incident in a Jersey nightclub in the early hours of last Wednesday morning, when Gloucester quarreled with a bouncer while trying to drink outside. The two started to fight after Cipriani tried to grab the tie from the bouncer and when the police arrived, he resisted arrest by three police officers, leaving a female officer with a bruise on her arm and spurs in her neck.
Cipriani apologized after being fined £ 2,000 from the Jersey Magistrate's Court and sentenced £ 250 to pay compensation to the female officer. After an internal evaluation, Gloucester has decided to introduce a similar punishment, along with asking their signature in the summer to undergo community service by helping with their program that coaches young players in the local area.
The whole of the fine goes to the charity, with half being donated to Pied Piper, the charity chosen by the club that raises money and awareness for sick and handicapped children in Gloucestershire, while the other half is given to Restart Rugby, the official charity. the Rugby Players & # 39; Association.
"After discussing all the facts and having spoken with both Danny and Willi Heinz, who have seen the first-hand events, we agree with the Magistrate in Jersey that this was a minor incident," said a spokesman for Gloucester. .
But in a statement echoed that of chief executive Stephen Vaughan, who said last week that he was "very disappointed" to hear the RFU's decision, the club claimed that Cipriani was "singled out" because of media coverage about it incident.
"While Danny is very apologetic for his actions, we do not believe he is guilty of discrediting the game and he will continue to receive our full support," the spokesman added.
"Danny is now faced with disciplinary action from both the courts and his club and with the new season on kick-off, our focus is very much on the preparation for Northampton on September 1, so we will not make any further comments on this. to do."
The RFU now confirms the date and time of the Cipriani hearing, which will take place before an independent disciplinary panel.
"We have high standards that we expect in the game, in line with the core values of rugby, of all those involved," Barnes said.
Meanwhile, Chris Ashton's disciplinary hearing will be confirmed Tuesday after the Sale Sharks was sent full-back in Sunday's preseason competition against Castres for scoring half Rory Kockott. Should Ashton pick up a suspension, the former Toulon star could miss some or all of the four Premiership matches of Sale before Eddie Jones appoints his next English squadron.
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