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Foden To Face RFU
England Star In Trouble
Posted Apr 14, 2011 by Shaun Edwards
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In news that will come as unsurprising those who have recently been criticising the rugby world for an apparent lack of discipline (not least of which has been us here at Imagine), it has been announced that the English rugby star Ben Foden will face the disciplinary chief of the Rugby Football Union following his caution from the police for the causation of criminal damage.
Whilst the meeting has been listed as exactly that rather than a full hearing, the disciplinary officer will still nonetheless decide whether Foden should indeed face any action for his behaviour. However, it is likely that a formal warning will result rather than specific punishment.
The incident in question occurred when the Northampton player was alleged to have caused damage during an altercation with a taxi driver in the early hours of March 28th whilst on a night out in London. However, despite the police caution, Northampton themselves declined to take any action, and he remained in the team for their victory over Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership last weekend.
Speaking on the issue itself, the RFU noted that ‘As the national governing body for rugby in England, the Rugby Football Union expects all players to uphold the core values of the game. It notes that Ben Foden has accepted a police caution and has apologised for his part in the incident. Ben has now been asked to appear before the RFU disciplinary officer, Judge Jeff Blackett, next Monday afternoon. It should be noted that this is not an RFU disciplinary hearing, but an opportunity for Ben to explain his conduct.’
As an ever-present player during England’s recent Six Nations win, Foden will hope that this issue has not affected his standing with the national coach Martin Johnson.