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Make Your Mind Up Say ERC

5th February 2005 By Munster Rugby

Make Your Mind Up Say ERC

The ERC Board has asked Biarritz Olympique and Stade Francais Paris to declare the venues for their quarter-finals against Munster and Newcastle Falcons respectively, by Friday, 11th February.

The ERC Board has asked Biarritz Olympique and Stade Francais Paris to declare the venues for their quarter-finals against Munster and Newcastle Falcons respectively, by Friday, 11th February.

Following confirmation of Le Stadium, Toulouse, and Lansdowne Road, Dublin, as the venues for the Friday, 1 April Heineken Cup quarter-final between Toulouse and Northampton Saints and the Saturday, 2 April quarter-final between Leinster and Leicester Tigers respectively, the ERC Board has asked Biarritz Olympique and Stade Francais Paris to declare the venues for their quarter-finals against Munster and Newcastle Falcons respectively, by Friday, 11 February.

Le Stadium, Toulouse, has a capacity of 38,000 and Lansdowne Road, Dublin, a capacity of 48,000.

Meanwhile Biarritz flanker Serge Betsen will face an ERC Disciplinary Committee in Glasgow on Wednesday, 9th February, to explain his actions in the final Pool game against London Wasps, that rsulted in Stuart Abbott sustaining a broken leg.

The ERC statement on that issue read; On Wednesday, 2 February 2005, an independent Disciplinary Committee, convened under the Heineken Cup Disciplinary Rules, held a preliminary hearing on the citing complaint brought against Serge Betsen of Biarritz Olympique for alleged illegal/foul play in the Heineken Cup Round 6 match between Biarritz Olympique and London Wasps on Saturday, 15 January 2005.

The purpose of the hearing was to consider whether the citing complaint was valid and should proceed, where the Match referee stated that he had seen the incident in question but had not detected any illegal or foul play in connection with the incident. The independent Disciplinary Committee, consisting of Rod McKenzie, Chairman (SRU), Professor Lorne Crerar (SRU) and Dr. Barry O’Driscoll (IRFU), ruled that in such circumstances the complaint was valid and a hearing should be held to consider whether or not the illegal or foul play, alleged in the citing complaint and not detected by the Match referee, did in fact take place.

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