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Billy Vunipola: RFU’s verdict on Saracens arrest in Mallorca: Planet Rugby

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has completed its investigation into Saracens and Billy Vunipola’s eighth arrest in Mallorca.

Vunipola was tasered twice and arrested following an alleged violent incident in the early hours of April 27.

RFU’s opinion

The back rower has publicly apologized after being fined 240 euros (£205) for opposing the law during an express trial. Although he avoided disciplinary action from Saracens, the RFU issued a formal warning.

“The RFU has reviewed the information provided by Saracens following its investigation into the incident involving Billy Vunipola in Mallorca on April 27, which led to the club issuing him a formal warning,” an RFU statement said.

“We have also considered the apology given by Billy, his apparent remorse and the circumstances surrounding the incident and have concluded that the most appropriate course of action is to issue a formal warning under RFU Regulation 19.6.13. This warning will remain on his file for five years and may be relied upon in future disciplinary proceedings.

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“It has been made clear to Billy that, as a senior and respected player, such actions risk bringing the game as a whole into disrepute. In particular, such actions clearly go against the core values ​​of rugby, which the sport collectively works hard to promote.”

Vunipola has been sanctioned due to RFU Regulation 19.6.13, which states: “The Head of Discipline of the RFU has the power to issue a formal written warning to any person, player or club for alleged misconduct or breach of the World Rugby or RFU Rules or Regulations.

“However, before this is done, the individual, player or club must be given the opportunity to protest the allegation(s). Any warning issued will be retained in the disciplinary file of the individual, player or club for a period of five years (or such other time as may be specified in the warning) and may be relied upon in future disciplinary proceedings as follows.”

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A problem knowing when to stop

After the incident, Vunipola said he has difficulty “knowing when to stop” as he explained the circumstances behind his drunken arrest in Mallorca.

“My problem is just not knowing when to stop and that’s probably why I stopped drinking for so long,” Vunipola told the newspaper. Daily email.

“I’ve never really been a regular drinker. When I drink, I get to a place where I’m likely to forget what I’ve done.

“That’s the reason I stopped and the reason I had a drink last weekend was because it was my last ever trip with the boys and I really wanted to enjoy it. But I clearly went too far.”

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