Scottish Rugby fined and told to write 'meaningful apology' by World Rugby

Japan celebrate their win over Scotland

Japan celebrate their win over Scotland

Scottish Rugby has been fined £70,000 and ordered to apologise to World Rugby for criticism of the threatened cancellation of their World Cup Pool A game against Japan.

Scotland fined, told to apologise for comments made as Typhoon Hagibis loomed over RWCBy Semi Turaga Friday 08/11/2019SRU Chief Executive Mark Dodson during a RWC press conference.

The committee gave Scotland and World Rugby a chance to resolve the dispute on their own.

The victor of the Japan-Scotland pool game on October 13 in Yokohama was guaranteed the last quarterfinal berth, but the match was at risk of being cancelled, like three others in the area, because the typhoon was the strongest in 60 years to approach Japan.

A cancellation of the game against the hosts would have eliminated Scotland and, after two matches scheduled for the previous day had been called off, World Rugby said it would make a decision on the day of the match about whether it could go ahead in Yokohama.

World Rugby added it "strongly believed the comments, which suggested an unfair and disorganised treatment of all teams, to be inappropriate and ill-judged at a time when Japan was preparing for the largest and most destructive typhoon in decades".

Comments made by Mark Dodson in the UK Telegraph newspaper, the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, and at the Scotland team announcement on 11 October 2019.

"Such comments brought the game into disrepute, not only in relation to World Rugby's handling of an extraordinary situation, but also in the message that it sent to the Japanese people".

"In respect of the second charge, the available evidence was insufficient for the committee to be satisfied on the balance of probabilities as to the source of the offending remarks and therefore it dismissed the charge".

Along with the fine, World Rugby have told SRU to "issue in writing a meaningful apology to World Rugby and RWCL for its misconduct in terms approved by the committee".

World Rugby says that the SRU is formally reprimanded for its conduct and have been fined NZ$140,000.

World Rugby said that it had tried to settle the issue but that SRU refused to issue an apology and instead wanted to agree to a "mutual expression of regret".

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