Saturday 19 January 2019

Cipriani fined £2,000 over bouncer incident

Danny Cipriani. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images
Danny Cipriani. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

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Danny Cipriani has been fined £2,000 and ordered to carry out 10 hours of community service by Gloucester after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a bouncer and resisting arrest during last week's pre-season tour of Jersey, but the club remain against the English Rugby Football Union's decision to charge him with bringing the game into disrepute.

The 30-year-old will face an RFU disciplinary hearing, thought to be taking place later this week, after head of discipline David Barnes decided to take action against him following his arrest.

Cipriani was involved in an incident at a Jersey nightclub in the early hours of last Wednesday morning, with the Gloucester fly-half arguing with a bouncer as he tried to take a drink outside.

The two began fighting after Cipriani attempted to grab the bouncer's camera tie, and when police arrived he resisted arrest by three police officers, leaving a female officer with a bruise to her arm and marks on her neck.

Cipriani issued an apology after he was fined another £2,000 by Jersey Magistrates' Court and ordered to pay £250 compensation to the female officer, and after an internal review the club have decided to implement a similar punishment along with asking him to undergo community service by helping with their programme that coaches young players.

The entirety of the fine will go to charity, with half being donated to Pied Piper, the club's chosen charity in aid of sick and disabled children, with the other half to be given to Restart Rugby, the official charity of the Rugby Players' Association. (© Independent News Service)

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