RFU warn Foden over conduct
April 11, 2011
Foden is tackled by Ulster's Ruan Pienaar © Getty Images
England international Ben Foden has been warned as to his future conduct by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) after he receiving a police caution for causing criminal damage.
Foden met with RFU disciplinary chief Judge Jeff Blackett at his chambers on Monday to explain the incident, which occured in the early hours of March 28. The 25-year-old was arrested following an altercation with a taxi driver while celebrating Northampton's Aviva Premiership win over Wasps in central London.
Foden accepted the police caution and Judge Blackett was satisfied the case did not warrant a full RFU disciplinary hearing. "Ben Foden and I met this afternoon. I accepted his explanation of what occurred on the night of Sunday, March 27 and I warned him as to his future conduct," Blackett said. "He accepted that warning and he has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to a rugby related charity of his choosing."
Foden was arrested along with a 23-year-old in Piccadilly and taken into custody before being released. The pair were bailed but later accepted police cautions - Foden for criminal damage and his co-accused for theft from a vehicle.
Northampton also decided to take no disciplinary action and Foden played a key role in the Saints' Heineken Cup quarter-final victory over Ulster yesterday.
Saints will return to Milton Keynes for their semi-final date against Perpignan but should they fall, English interest in the competition will die with them for the second season in succession. Twelve months ago the midlands side were unable to overcome Munster in the quarter-finals.
"It would seem we're the last English side so all hope is on us," Foden said. "Hopefully we'll fly the flag a little bit better than last year. It's onwards and upwards now and we've got build on this. Yesterday's match was a step up in level.
"The pressure builds, everything ups in intensity and everything gets bigger and bigger. This will be my first Heineken Cup semi-final. It's a new experience for this squad, but one that we look forward to and hopefully perform well in."
Saints faced Perpignan twice in the group stage of last year's Heineken Cup, losing 29-13 away but romping to a 34-0 victory at Franklin's Gardens. Jacques Brunel's side, Top 14 champions in 2009, defeated Toulon 29-25 in Barcelona on Saturday to book their place in the last four.
"We had them last year in our group, so we know what to expect," Foden said. "They're a very physical team and they have been playing well as well and we know it's going to be a difficult game. We'll do our homework and put together a good gameplan. Hopefully we'll find some chinks in their armour."
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