Friday 23 February 2018

'Bloodgate' doctor admits cutting player

Kim Pilling and Pat Hurst in London

A rugby union player said yesterday he made the matchday doctor at the centre of the "Bloodgate" fake injury scandal "a victim" when he persuaded her to cut his lip.

Harlequins winger Tom Williams said club medic Wendy Chapman was unaware he had bit into a fake-blood capsule on the field of play during a Heineken Cup quarter-final tie last April.

His 'blood injury' meant a specialist goal kicker could come on in the dying minutes of the game against Leinster.

Dr Chapman admitted yesterday for the first time that she later cut the player's lip with a stitch cutter in the changing rooms after previously not mentioning the incident at a disciplinary committee.

Her counsel Mary O'Rourke told a fitness to practise hearing Williams was "panicky and agitated" because he knew he had done something wrong and match officials were making inquiries. Williams agreed his departure from the pitch was "not convincing", he had "over-exaggerated" and winked.

Ms O'Rourke suggested he "begged or beseeched" the doctor to cut him to cover up the fake injury.

"I think I was very panicky," he replied.

Ms O'Rourke continued: "She was in fact made a victim by your actions because you brought her into it, or you dragged her into it?"

"As a result of the situation, yes," Williams replied.

Irish Independent

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