LONDON: Thirteen Barbarians players have been cited by the English Rugby Football Union after they broke coronavirus protocols and forced their game against England to be canceled.
The players were charged on Thursday with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union or the game, but the RFU declined to name them until after proceedings have finished.
The RFU said the 13 will answer at judicial hearings for individual breaches of the protocols, such as leaving the hotel without permission or without informing organizers of their whereabouts, and providing false statements during an investigation.
Chris Robshaw, his former England teammate Richard Wigglesworth and Scotland wing Sean Maitland were among those involved in the nights out that took place in central London last week.
The players were supposed to remain in a bubble at their hotel, but they went to a pub and restaurant on consecutive nights. They were supposed to face England at Twickenham last Sunday in a televised match.
The sanctions for a disrepute charge are wide-ranging and include fines and suspensions.
The RFU recognizes the pressure public scrutiny is placing on the players and therefore it will publish players names, full judgements and sanctions after the hearings have concluded, a statement read.
Due to the numbers involved, hearings will be staggered over the coming weeks.
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