The club are not happy.
Leinster’s Heineken Champions Cup match against Montpellier has been called off with the French side having been awarded a 28-0 win.
This comes as the tournament’s rules state that the team not at fault for a game’s cancellation is awarded an automatic 28-0 victory.
The match was cancelled due to fears over Leinster’s Covid situation, though the club have stated that everyone who was selected in the squad have tested negative multiple times.
In a statement released on Thursday evening, Leinster stated they were “disappointed” by the decision to give Montpellier the win.
Leinster vs Montpellier cancelled
The statement read: “Leinster Rugby’s team management has expressed its disappointment with EPCR over the decision to award a 28-0 win in Montpellier’s favour.
“The Leinster Rugby squad and staff have had five rounds of Antigen tests and four rounds of PCR tests in the last six days and a group of players and staff, who have all come through each stage of those tests, had been selected to represent the club in France tomorrow evening and arrangements made accordingly.
“As a result of these test results and the measures implemented by Leinster Rugby, a letter was issued today, Thursday, 16 December 2021, to Leinster Rugby from Public Health Ireland confirming that the group could travel to France for the game.
“At all times Leinster Rugby has complied with all measures and protocols required of the club by EPCR, and by the HSE, and will continue to do so.
“While we are disappointed with the outcome of today’s decision by EPCR, our focus now is the health and well-being of all our players and staff and we would like to put on record, as a club, our sincere thanks to Prof. John Ryan and all the medical team supporting those players and staff.”
➡ | At all times, Leinster Rugby has complied with all measures and protocols required of the club by EPCR, and by the HSE, and will continue to do so.#LeinsterRugby
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) December 16, 2021
This news comes as Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc on the entire sporting world, with the football Premier League also being seriously impacted.