Armitage charged by RFU
January 19, 2011
Armitage is alleged to have "pushed and used threatening and/or abusive and obscene language" towards a doping control officer © Getty Images
London Irish fullback Delon Armitage has been summoned to appear at a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing after he allegedly pushed a doping control officer.
The England international has been charged with "conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union and/or the Game contrary to Rule 5.12 of the Rules of the Rugby Football Union" as a result of a confrontation with a representative from the UK Anti-Doping organisation in the wake of his side's 25-24 loss to Bath on New Year's Day.
It is also alleged that the 27-year-old, who won the last of his 19 caps as a replacement against Samoa in November, used "threatening and/or abusive and obscene language" and while his subsequent test was negative he could face a range of sanctions as a result of his conduct, including a fine or period of suspension.
In a statement, the RFU said, "Delon Armitage of London Irish has been summoned to appear at an RFU disciplinary hearing charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union and/or the Game contrary to Rule 5.12 of the Rules of the Rugby Football Union 2010-11.
"Armitage is alleged to have pushed and used threatening and/or abusive and obscene language towards a doping control officer from UK Anti-Doping during a routine test immediately after the Aviva Premiership game against Bath Rugby at the Madejski Stadium on January 1, 2011. The test was negative."
Armitage will face a disciplinary panel comprising RFU disciplinary officer Judge Jeff Blackett, Peter Budge and Robert Horner on Thursday.
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