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Maro Itoje’s Agent Suspended For Nearly Two Years After Guilty Verdict

Matt Hart, of Stellar Management Group, has been suspended for 22 months after being found guilty of two breaches of World Rugby/RFU regulations while acting as a registered rugby agent.

Hart, who acts as an agent to Maro Itoje, Taulupe Faletau and Welsh football star Gareth Bale, was found guilty by an RFU Disciplinary Panel for betting on the outcome and/or any aspect of an event and receiving part or all of the proceeds of such betting and for non-cooperation with a request for information from the RFU Anti-Corruption Officer.

Hart was found to have placed 1,476 bets on rugby union worldwide between January 2013 and July 2016.

The Panel, which is independent of the RFU and consisted of Philip Evans QC (Chairman), Tim Ward QC and Gareth Graham, also ordered the payment of the RFU administration fee of £500.

Alys Lewis, RFU Anti-Corruption Officer, said:  ‘This decision unequivocally demonstrates that any activity which undermines the integrity of our sport, and exposes players and rugby to potential integrity issues, will be treated seriously by the RFU. The sums of money involved and  the frequency and duration of the betting, coupled with the lack of cooperation with the RFU’s investigation, have all contributed to a substantial suspension from rugby union which is welcomed by the RFU’.

The suspension will begin with immediate effect and end on 11th February 2020.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter