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Tindall to Appeal RFU Fine
Gloucester centre to contest World Cup punishment
Posted Nov 18, 2011 by Chris White
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Gloucester centre Mike Tindall is to appeal against his £25,000 fine from the RFU for his controversial night out while away at the World Cup in New Zealand, with the Rugby Players’ Association describing the punishment as “extraordinary and unprecedented.”
Tindall, who captained England in the early stages, has also been removed from the England Elite Player Squad (EPS) for his behaviour, and looks unlikely to add to his 75 international caps.
Tindall, Chris Ashton and James Haskell were in trouble for the comments they made to a female hotel worker, along with Dylan Hartley, with Ashton and Haskell fined £5,000 each and Hartley cleared, with all three eligible to continue their England careers.
RFU operations director Rob Andrew told the BBC that “these actions have not been taken lightly, but we believe that in all cases the sanctions are commensurate with the level of what occurred. While we acknowledge Mike Tindall’s previous good character and record, it needs to be made clear that what he did will not be tolerated.”
Austin Healey, the former England international, posted his views on the Tindall issue on Twitter, saying that the fine was “wrong” and that he had been made “a scapegoat” for what went wrong for England on and off the field in New Zealand.