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ERC has confirmed that a misconduct complaint has been made against London Welsh

ERC has confirmed that a misconduct complaint has been made against London Welsh

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ERC has confirmed that a misconduct complaint has been made against London Welsh

London Welsh could yet face further punishment over the eligibility issues which undermined their Aviva Premiership season after European Rugby Cup announced a misconduct complaint against the club over the registration of scrum-half Tyson Keats.

The Exiles were handed a five-point penalty and a £15,000 fine by the Rugby Football Union in March for fielding Keats in 10 Premiership games when he was ineligible. A further suspended five-point penalty was later removed after an appeal.

Mike Scott, the former London Welsh team manager, was banned for life from rugby over his role in the matter after he admitted supplying false information regarding New Zealander Keats, including a forged passport, to the RFU.

Following the deduction, Welsh finished bottom of the Premiership and Newcastle's Championship triumph effectively confirmed their relegation.

But, as Keats also featured for the club in the Amlin Challenge Cup, ERC has decided Welsh have a case to answer over his registration for European competition.

The complaint, which is being dealt with on the basis of written submissions, will be considered by an independent disciplinary committee chaired by Antony Davies of England.

ERC's statement read: "Following an investigation by ERC disciplinary officer, Roger O'Connor, into the registration of the London Welsh player, Tyson Keats, for the 2012/13 Amlin Challenge Cup, a misconduct complaint has been made against London Welsh.

"The complaint is that London Welsh may have committed one or more acts of misconduct when the club's then team manager, Mike Scott, registered Keats for the tournament."

Keats made just the one appearance for Welsh during their Amlin Challenge Cup campaign, coming on as a second-half replacement during the home defeat to Stade Francais in their tournament opener.

Welsh have maintained they should not have been punished for the actions of Scott, who accepted a police caution on February 14 for his actions in falsifying registration documents, stating their ex-team manager had acted alone, without the knowledge of anyone else at the club.