Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Thomas avoids misconduct charge

Martyn Thomas

Martyn Thomas, the Rugby Football Union acting's chief executive, will not face a misconduct charge for his role in the departure of John Steele.

Thomas was criticised in the Blackett Report, which was commissioned by the RFU Council to review the hiring and firing of Steele as chief executive. Judge Jeff Blackett, the RFU's chief disciplinary officer, compiled the report and indicated on September 2, during the debate on a vote of no confidence in Thomas, that he had sufficient evidence on which to bring disciplinary charges.

Blackett subsequently withdrew from the process and RFU president Willie Wildash engaged Charles Flint QC to determine whether any charges should be brought. Wildash said on Tuesday: "I have now received Charles Flint's opinion. In it he states that there is no basis, on the evidence he has seen, for bringing disciplinary proceedings against any member of the Council."