Tuesday 20 March 2018

Glasgow let down by due process

It is difficult not to feel for Glasgow in the light of the Celtic Rugby decision to penalise the Ospreys and deduct the Welsh club four points for not fulfilling their Ulster fixture at Ravenhill earlier in the season.

Even allowing for the volcanic ash travel difficulties (for the original hearing), to apply a penalty for something that happened during this season's tournament to next season's event seems most unfair, and to many, the soft way out.

Surely all logic dictates a sanction should apply to the competition in which the misdemeanor takes place. Had that been the case, the home venue for the semi-final would have been reversed, with the Welsh club travelling to Glasgow rather than the Scots on the road to Swansea.

It may well still have been Tommy Bowe and company coming to the RDS for the Grand Final, but due process in this instance has not served the Glaswegians well.

Irish Independent

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