• News
  • World News

Russian Federation qualify after Spain, Belgium and Romania sanctioned

Russian Federation qualify after Spain, Belgium and Romania sanctioned

However, an independent committee found that the result should stand, although they also ruled that Spain, Belgium and Romania had fielded ineligible players during the qualifying tournament.

"Romania has fielded one ineligible player on eight occasions during the 2017 and 2018 Rugby Europe Championships (of which six matches related to Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying).while Spain had fielded one or more ineligible players on nine occasions during the 2017 and 2018 Rugby Europe Championships (of which eight matches related to Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying)".

The investigation was preceded by a match where Spain played Romania where if Spain lost - Romania - who were then in second place in the table behind Georgia - would qualify.

Spain had hoped for a reprieve, after a World Rugby investigation into the circumstances of their loss to Belgium, but the independent panel chose to dock all three teams points, subject to appeal.

A final team will be added following a play-off, with the winners of Germany and Portugal facing Samoa later this summer.

World Rugby insisted that players would be released for the two matches, however, and revealed that it would fund the country's entry into next month's Pacific Nations Cup in Fiji.

The upshot is that Belgium and Romania have been hit with a 30-point deduction and Spain with a 40-point deduction.

Spain and Belgium have 14 days to appeal.

After all this was factored into a "remodelling" of the qualification process, Russian Federation emerged top to advance to next year's tournament in Japan at the expense of Romania.

World Rugby ordered a replay because it said although the Romanian match officials weren't biased, they gave the appearance of bias.

However, the match was marred by an incident following the match where Iordachescu was harassed by five Spanish players who were banned for their part in the post-match altercation. But in light of a number of complaints about ineligible players, World Rugby called for an emergency inquiry, which found that the result could not be overturned or annulled, because doing so "would undermine the respect to which decisions of referees are entitled, absent corruption or bad faith".

"Rugby Europe deeply regrets this situation, " the body said in a statement.

"In addition, World Rugby has already formally reminded all unions and regional associations of their obligations regarding Regulation 8 and will reiterate at the Annual Meeting of Council this week, while World Rugby will also oversee match official appointments at all stages of future Rugby World Cup qualifiers".

Leave Your Comment

Leave Your Comment


Latest News

Breaking News



Recommended

Sadr's vote win puts Iran to the test in Iraq

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi performed poorly across majority Shiite provinces that should have been his base of support. Sadr has led two uprisings against USA forces in Iraq and is one of the few Shiite leaders to distance himself from Iran.

U.S. retailer Gap apologises for 'erroneous' China map printed on a T-shirt

It also apologised for "this unintentional mistake and is now conducting internal investigations to quickly rectify this mistake". Other T-shirts in the range show San Francisco, Paris, Japan and Canada but are decorated with national flags rather than maps.

Italy appoints Roberto Mancini as head coach

It will be a first role in global management for Mancini, who has left Russian club Zenit St Petersburg to take up the post. While the current Zenit boss played coy on the appointment to this point, he has officially signed a contract with Italy .

Former Aston Villa Player Jlloyd Samuel Has Died Following A Car Crash

He went on to play club football in Iran. "The thoughts of everyone at the club are with his family and friends at this hard time".

Did Tom Wolfe Really Write Chris Farley's Last Movie 'Almost Heroes'?

The book was initially released via instalments in Rolling Stone magazine, before being being published in book-form in 1987. Tom Wolfe, the author and journalist known for pioneering New Journalism, has died.

Mercedes restore order at top with Hamilton's win

While it was Ferrari dominating Q1 and Q2, the team bagged pole where it mattered the most which was in Q3. His first pole since that race showed that the Silver Arrows were back at the front of the field.

Trump says first lady doing 'really well,' will leave hospital in days

In the Senate, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., sent well wishes for "a speedy recovery to the first lady". Separately, a former Playboy model has revived her allegations of a 10-month affair with Trump, also in 2006.

Damon Wayans Shows Why Clayne Crawford Was Fired from Lethal Weapon

He also apologized to the cast and crew for the "negative attention" the show has received as a result of these incidents. Another involved another actor feeling unsafe after getting hit with a piece of shrapnel while Crawford was directing.

Californians suffered a record number of STDs in 2017

Dr Heidi Bauer, chief of the state health department's STD Control Branch, agreed that budget issues are part of the problem. According to the CDC, most people with chlamydia don't have symptoms , or those symptoms may not appear for several weeks.

Mikel, Lokosa, Ajiboye top Eagles' World Cup provisional list

A final squad of 23 players will be drawn from the provisional squad before the June 14-July 15 tournament starts. I will not be surprised if Rohr sticks with those he has been working with.