Scarlets "shocked" at Quinnell ruling
April 4, 2011
Gavin Quinnell spent two years with Worcester before re-signing with the Scarlets prior to his career-ending injury © Getty Images
The Scarlets have expressed their "astonishment and deep shock" after the Welsh Rugby Union confirmed they would take no further action regarding the incident that forced Gavin Quinnell to retire from the game.
The former Worcester forward, son of Wales legend Derek and brother to internationals Scott and Craig, permanently lost the sight in his left eye following an incident whilst playing for Llanelli RFC in the Principality Premiership game against Cross Keys on October 2, 2010.
Llanelli RFC made a formal complaint but a WRU disciplinary panel ruled that there is no case to answer and a subsequent appeal from the club was dismissed, prompting a strong riposte from the club.
The club statement read: "We are all astonished and deeply-shocked by the decision that has been reached. Naturally Gavin and his family are devastated by this stark verdict and have requested that they are given some time and space to let a very disappointing outcome sink in.
"The fact is everyone involved in this case is currently so numb, that we are not in a position to make any further comment at all at this stage; neither are we able to consider fully what course of action to take next.
"The family wish to express their thanks again to all those who have shown them great support throughout this very challenging and difficult time."
The club said that Quinnell - who had just re-signed with the Scarlets prior to the injury following two years at Worcester and two years with Italian side Viadana - continues to receive medical treatment under a specialist at the Heath Hospital in Cardiff.
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