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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lee Byrne to appeal his two week suspension

Welsh fullback Lee Byrne has been banned for two weeks for the part he played in the recent ‘16th man’ episode that took place when Ospreys hosted Leicester in the Heineken Cup.

I spoke about the incident briefly when posting highlights from the match a few fays ago. Today I’ve got a short clip for those of you who'd like to see exactly what happened.

Byrne has since pleaded guilty to the charge of misconduct and will be out until February 13, the same day that Wales play Scotland in the Six Nations. He will however miss the opening match of the tournament, against England.

Ospreys themselves were fined €25,000, but weren’t docked any points, which may have resulted in Leicester going through rather than being knocked out of the tournament.

The panel found that Byrne had no effect on the result of the match, but that he should have known that he needed permission to return to the pitch.

"The committee found that this represented a clear breach of the substitution protocol, which forms part of the Heineken Cup 2009-10 tournament rules, and that the club could have done more to ensure that such a breach did not occur.

"However, the committee found that the breach had not been deliberate or premeditated on the part of the club's management and that there had been no material effect on the match."

Byrne will remain with the Wales squad and is set to appeal the decision. He wants to take part in the match against England.

"The player has been taking legal advice and will lodge the necessary documents for the appeal," a Welsh Rugby Union statement said.

Time: 0:47



  • Kinda sucky to miss a Test match because of a mistake that lasted 51 seconds. Obviously the people who suspended him know more than I do, but surely Biggar could just have easily been given two weeks for not leaving the field after being told to?

    On the other hand, sucky for Leicester too, although I don't think that would have been a clearcut try anyway

    By Anonymous Benson, at January 31, 2010 5:00 pm  

  • a bit strong to ban him, but someone has to be punished i suppose. Still its a bit rich coming from leicester to want a bloody replay.

    By Anonymous David, at January 31, 2010 5:30 pm  

  • That ref really know how to speak to his women!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 31, 2010 5:47 pm  

  • 1ST!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 31, 2010 7:10 pm  

  • kick'em out the H-Cup 1/4 finals and replace them by leicester tigers to play against biarritz in Anoeta, San Sebastian !!!

    By Anonymous luxi, at January 31, 2010 8:01 pm  

  • tiger fans, if you are true fans of tigers then you will remember neil back ceating twice, you guys have had 16 on the pitch yourself at times.. and the def in the 2003 world cup... how come if this is this case with lee byrne, why didnt they ban someone in 2003 maybe johnny wilko or johnson.. why couldnt biggah had the ban instead because he was supposed to go off i heard...
    no didnt think so just goes to show who's running the governing body.. worried are we..
    never mind i'm still confident of wales beating england. stick williams full back.
    Lets have it!!

    By Anonymous Abs7, at January 31, 2010 8:27 pm  

  • Biggar i mean!!!

    By Anonymous Abs7, at January 31, 2010 8:27 pm  

  • they point out byrne in defense, but he was in the full back position, if he wasn't there hook would have been. the "extra man" was on the other side of the pitch, 3 centres.
    sky obviously don't understand rugby.

    massive error by the staff but its hard to see why byrne was banned, he was oblivious to the error, as the video showed when he was called off.

    By Anonymous mat, at January 31, 2010 10:16 pm  

  • a big issue for ospreys is why they didn't win by more, game should have been won easily, they gave away too many penalties. tigers nearly scored at the end

    By Anonymous mat, at January 31, 2010 10:17 pm  

  • Why is this not being blamed on the officials?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 31, 2010 10:57 pm  

  • Although what happened was illegal, I think the only reason Byrne got suspended and the fine was issued to Ospreys was completely 100% because of Leicster's sour grapes of not getting into the quarter finals! If they hadn't said anything, nothing would have happened. But because it is illegal and it was brought up the ERC had to issue them with a fine or a suspension!

    By Anonymous Nicky07, at January 31, 2010 11:44 pm  

  • I think it is fair enough to ban (though harsh as it is near 6 nations) Byrne because as they say he should have known that he needed to go through the 4th official to come back on, though i doubt it would have led to a try he does get involved...why do they say he wasnt?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 01, 2010 3:05 am  

  • Tough. Even if it means missing a 6N game.

    Byrne should man up and accept the punishment.

    I have no sympathy at all, Byrne admitted he went onto the field without another player coming off, the fact he affected the play only underlines the advantage that having an extra player on the field can result in.

    Ospreys deservedly copped a fine, and I agree too with the suspension given Byrne knew he had come on without another player leaving. I'd still be interested to hear why Byrne thinks he's been unfairly banned, after what went on last season with bloodgate, no-one should be surprised that the authorities would be in no mood to be lenient on a perceived abuse of the substitution process.

    By Anonymous Edbok, at February 01, 2010 11:48 am  

  • Check this out for hilarity and hypocrisy personified...

    "I've barely gotten a wink of sleep since it happened," said Wheeler in an exclusive interview with The East Terrace. "I cannot believe that anyone would ever want to risk tarnishing our great sport's name by bringing it into disrepute. I was speaking to former Leicester flanker Neil Back about this whole Ospreys' affair. Neil has done everything there is to be done in this game and is a club stalwart who played a major hand in winning several European Cups for this club. I always turn to him when I have major rugby issues to discuss. We were both shocked at the deceit of the Ospreys and it's a shame to think that such a wonderful tournament such as the Heineken Cup has been dirtied like this."


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 01, 2010 1:14 pm  

  • Lmao at Neil Back.

    That's like Kerry Katona dishing out advice on relationships and finance.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 01, 2010 4:44 pm  

  • thats what you get for letting woman in rugby

    By Anonymous geordie, at February 01, 2010 7:19 pm  

  • leicester stand for everything that is wrong with northern hemisphere rugby and i'm glad their out of the HC. Ospreys deserved the fine but lee bryne shouldnt have been suspended, how is it his fault he did what he was told. 4th official, linesman, ref and the ospreys staff member should be punished also then, also can we ban leicester for being petty ****S

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 01, 2010 11:28 pm  

  • "This is what you get for letting women into rugby"

    You get idiotic players not using the system administered by the woman and then whining about getting fined for it - despite admitting to wrong doing.

    And then you get idiots on rugby fora claiming that it's a woman's fault and that they shouldn't be in the game.

    Rugby; a great bastion of patriachy.

    Bunch of morons.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 02, 2010 1:38 pm  

  • He's not banned now and will play against the english.
    Bye bye england.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 02, 2010 10:26 pm  

  • Last news:

    Byrne have seen his 2 weeks of suspension chenged in a 5000euros fine...
    I've nothin against Byrne, i like this player, but is there anybody who thinks that sometin going wrong here..?

    Few players were punished with few weeks and months of suspension, and will missed 6 nations tournament. Byrne lawyers argued that erc santions should be applicated just for erc... as stade français lawyers also explained for dupuy...

    I thought that rules were the same for everybody...
    apparently, it doesn't annoy some celts executives..

    this tournament begin with a bad taste in the mouth

    By Anonymous FLOOZ, at February 02, 2010 11:43 pm  

  • "I've nothin against Byrne, i like this player, but is there anybody who thinks that sometin going wrong here..?"

    Yeah something very wrong that he was banned in the first place.

    Peter Squealer loses his fight for lost revenue. Poor baby, Munster should open up a case for 2003.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 03, 2010 11:57 am  

  • the trainer should be suspended for talking back to the ref.

    By Blogger Rory, at February 03, 2010 2:19 pm  

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