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RFU Charge Danny Cipriani As England Star Issues Apology

The RFU have charged Danny Cipriani due to his conviction for common assault and resisting arrest at a Jersey nightclub during the week. 

Cipriani was fined £2000 and paid £250 in compensation.

The out-half, who was called up by Eddie Jones for the recent tour of South Africa, will now undergo disciplinary proceedings from the RFU as outlined in a statement released today.

In light of his conviction for common assault and resisting arrest, Danny Cipriani has been charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game contrary to RFU Rule 5.12.
 
RFU Head of Discipline David Barnes said: “We have high standards that we expect across the game, in line with rugby’s core values, from all those involved within it. I have this afternoon taken the decision to charge Danny Cipriani.”

Cipriani’s hearing in front of an independent disciplinary panel will take place next week with date, time and panel members to be confirmed. 

The disciplinary hearing will take place this week and earlier, Cipriani released an apology via social media.

“I want to start with a heartfelt apology,” Cipriani said on Twitter. “To my club, team-mates, supporters and most importantly the police. They have a tough and vital job and I’m mortified that, earlier this week, I acted in a way that I hugely regret.

“I am truly sorry.”

“I would also like to put on record the words of the Magistrates Sarah Fitz who publicly stated that ‘it was a minor incident’ and ‘a fine is more than sufficient’.

“I was wrong to argue with a bouncer, and pull on his camera tie,” Cipriani added. “I was also wrong to resist arrest. This is why I pleaded guilty to these two charges and all other charges were dropped by the prosecution.

“I was initially confused as to why I was being arrested by three officers. This led me to react in the wrong manner for a matter of seconds, seeking to hold off the police officers rather than accepting their decision.

“It goes without saying, given the words of the Magistrate, that I didn’t strike anyone or initiate aggression in any way.

“I was on a team night out with the whole squad. I am grateful to the club, who have been fully supportive.

“I would like to publicly thank the Magistrate and the police and, once again, apologise both to them and to the public.”

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