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ERC disciplinary statement

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European Rugby Cup Ltd, tournament organisers of the Heineken Cup, released the following statement on Wednesday afternoon:

"ERC disciplinary officer Roger O'Connor has completed his investigation into the allegation that the Ospreys had 16 players on the pitch during the second half of the Heineken Cup Pool 3 Round 6 match between the Ospreys and Leicester Tigers at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, on Saturday, 23 January.

As part of his investigation he reviewed statements from the Ospreys, Leicester Tigers and the match officials and also reviewed footage of the incident.

Following his investigation, the disciplinary officer has made misconduct complaints against Ospreys full-back Lee Byrne and the Ospreys club.

The independent disciplinary committee appointed to hear the case in Dublin on Friday, January 29 will be chaired by Pat Barriscale (Ireland), and also include Jean-Noel Couraud (France) and Mark McParland (Ireland)."