ERC to investigate Brennan incident
January 22, 2007
Tournament organisers European Rugby Cup Limited today opened an investigation into the off-field incident involving Brennan at Stade Ernest Wallon.
ERC disciplinary officer Roger O'Connor has contacted Toulouse and Ulster requesting full details, while also asking for reports from match officials and broadcasters at the game.
A decision on any misconduct complaints against players or the clubs involved will be made following O'Connor's investigation.
Ulster alerted European rugby authorities to an "off-the-field incident" involving Toulouse's Irish lock Trevor Brennan.
The province plan to inform Heineken Cup organisers European Rugby Cup (ERC) of what they allege was an altercation involving Brennan and an Ulster fan during yesterday's pool match in France.
A statement on the club's official website, www.ulsterrugby.com read: "Ulster Rugby has made the organisers of the Heineken Cup, the ERC, aware of an off-the-field incident involving the Toulouse player Trevor Brennan.
"During the match between Toulouse and Ulster in Toulouse on Sunday, 21st January, Brennan left the playing enclosure and physically assaulted a member of the Ulster travelling support.
"Ulster Rugby will be submitting a formal report to assist ERC in their investigation of this serious matter.
"Brennan was also involved in an incident on the field of play which Ulster Rugby will be reviewing."
The on-field incident to which Ulster's statement refers was a brawl between Brennan and Ulster counterpart Justin Harrison. The pair were sent to the sin-bin for 10 minutes by English referee Tony Spreadbury.
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