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Doctor cut Williams' lip

A doctor admitted on Monday that she cut the lip of the player at the centre of the "Bloodgate" fabricated rugby injury scandal at his request.

Harlequins winger Tom Williams had earlier bitten into a fake-blood capsule to engineer a blood replacement which allowed a substituted specialist kicker back on to the field in the closing minutes of last April's Heineken Cup quarter-final tie against Leinster. Williams told a medical disciplinary hearing that he had to twice ask the club's matchday doctor to make the incision in the treatment room as he became "extremely panicked" when match officials questioned whether his injury was genuine.

Dr Wendy Chapman is appearing before the General Medical Council to face allegations that her conduct in connection with the incident was alleged to be likely to bring the profession into disrepute and was dishonest.

At the start of the two-week hearing, counsel for Dr Chapman admitted she cut the lip with a stitch cutter and she did so because the player wanted to demonstrate a "real injury".

She also conceded she stated he had a loose tooth - which the player denied - in front of match officials but said her intention was not to deceive others that Williams had sustained an injury.

Dr Chapman, who the panel was told is recovering from a breast cancer operation, admitted the majority of the charges she faced but denied misconduct in relation to why she said Williams had a loose tooth.

She did admit that she failed to tell a European Rugby Cup (ERC) disciplinary hearing three months after the incident that she had caused the lip injury.

Dr Chapman, an accident and emergency consultant at Maidstone Hospital in Kent, was cleared of any wrongdoing by the ERC.

She is currently suspended from duty pending the outcome of the GMC hearing.


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