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EPCR disciplinary statement

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European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has made the following statement:In light of the recent decisions of the RFU Disciplinary and Appeal panels in the case of former Leicester Tigers defence coach Philip Blake, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) can confirm that it has no plans to take further action.  Mr Blake's admitted acts – which included betting on a European Rugby Champions Cup pool match between RC Toulon and Leicester Tigers on December 13, 2014 – almost certainly amounted to misconduct under the terms of the Champions Cup Participation Agreement. However, EPCR is satisfied that the sanctions imposed on Mr Blake by the RFU panels, which included a suspension from all rugby activity for a period of six months, are appropriate. EPCR remains vigilant about the threats that unauthorised betting and corruption poses for its tournaments and for the game as a whole, and it continues to regulate the activity of its participating clubs and their respective employees so as to ensure the integrity of the tournaments is not compromised.