The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) are questioning whether the misconduct charges issued by World Rugby this week are “appropriate”.
On Tuesday, World Rugby confirmed that it would refer the SRU to a disputes committee following comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson when he threatened legal action if Scotland’s game against Japan did not go ahead.
Last week, Dodson warned that the body must find a way for the fixture to go ahead in the wake of Typhoon Hagibis as the tournament rules would have subsequently eliminated Scotland from the World Cup in an off-the-field decision.
In a press conference, World Rugby chief operating officer Alan Gilpin confirmed that the misconduct charges were issued because of “the comments and behaviours” of the SRU.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson for Scottish Rugby confirmed receipt of the correspondence from World Rugby and once again shared their sympathies with those affected by the super typhoon.
The statement also confirmed that they would be querying whether the misconduct charges were appropriate.
The statement reads:
A Scottish Rugby spokesperson, said: “Scottish Rugby once again expresses its sincere condolences to the people of Japan and all those affected by Typhoon Hagibis which struck last weekend.
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“We have been able to convey our best wishes directly to the Mayor of Yokohama and the Chairman of the Japanese Rugby Union. We stand with the great people of Japan.
“Following receipt of correspondence yesterday from World Rugby, Scottish Rugby confirms that it has received a notice of complaint from Rugby World Cup Ltd. Scottish Rugby is querying whether the matter is an appropriate one for the bringing of Misconduct charges.
“If Misconduct proceedings are to proceed, Scottish Rugby looks forward to receiving a fair hearing in this matter. No further comment would be appropriate at this time.”