Dean Richards has been described as the “directing mind” and having “central control” in the ’Bloodgate’ fake injury scandal.
Former Harlequins rugby director Richards is strongly criticised in a written judgement of his European Rugby Cup appeal hearing, published today.
ERC disciplinary officer Roger O’Connor appealed an original decision to find misconduct complaints against Richards and ex-Quins physiotherapist Steph Brennan not proven.
A subsequent appeal committee then banned Richards for three years, imposed a two-year suspension on Brennan and also increased Quins’ fine to €300,000.
And Richards’ role in ’Bloodgate’ is now laid bare in a damning judgement running to almost 100 pages.