Bloodgate doctor suspended

THE doctor at the centre of the Bloodgate scandal which rocked rugby has been suspended, the General Medical Council (GMC) said yesterday.

Wendy Chapman was said to have cut the mouth of Tom Williams in an attempt to conceal his use of a fake blood capsule during Harlequins’ Heineken Cup match against Leinster.

“Dr Wendy Chapman has been given an interim suspension,” said the GMC spokeswoman. She said the GMC had up to 18 months to consider whether to take action against Dr Chapman.

Former Quins rugby director Dean Richards was banned for three years, ex-club physiotherapist Steph Brennan received a two-year punishment and Quins wing Williams landed a four-month suspension following the scandal and subsequent attempted cover-up.

Williams bit on a fake blood capsule as Richards tried to get goal-kicker Nick Evans back on the field in an attempt to win a game Quins eventually lost 6-5.

European Rugby Cup (ERC) recently revealed they were contacted by the GMC seeking information regarding Dr Chapman’s involvement in the disciplinary process.

More in this section


Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up

Select your favourite newsletters and get the best of Irish Examiner delivered to your inbox