Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Brennan struck off over Bloodgate

Steph Brennan (right)

Former Harlequins physiotherapist Steph Brennan has been struck off following his role in rugby's infamous Bloodgate scandal.

The decision was made by the Health Professions Council conduct and competence committee following a two-day hearing in London.

Brennan had accepted all but one of the allegations laid before him, denying that "by reason of your misconduct, your fitness to practice is impaired."

Brennan is currently serving a two-year suspension from rugby, and for the past 12 months has been working in private practice. He admitted to five instances - including Bloodgate - of faking blood injuries.

Allegations against Brennan included that in the course of his employment with Harlequins he knew of, and/or organised, and/or assisted in the fabrication of a blood injury to Quins wing Tom Williams during a Heineken Cup quarter-final clash against Leinster in April 2009.

To this extent, Brennan was alleged to have purchased fake blood capsules, provided a fake capsule to Williams and knew at the time it was an attempt to cheat.

Other allegations centred on an attempt to conceal the blood injury to Williams, that Brennan provided untruthful and/or inaccurate evidence during the course of a European Rugby Cup disciplinary hearing and he was involved in fabricating blood injuries on a number of occasions in games other than the Heineken quarter-final.

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