Tindall wins appeal, fine cut

2011-11-29 07:51

London - Mike Tindall has been restored to England's "Elite Player Squad" after appealing against his punishment for misconduct during the Rugby World Cup.

The 33-year-old centre has also had a fine reduced from £25 000 to £15 000.

Tindall was disciplined over his behavior during a now infamous night out in Queenstown, New Zealand following a group game against Argentina.

RFU acting chief executive Martyn Thomas said he accepted there were "mitigating factors" that were not sufficiently taken into account when the original judgement was made.

A new Elite Player Squad will be announced on January 1, 2012 when Tindall's position will be reviewed again.


  • farawaysaint - 2011-11-29 09:36

    This whole affair begs one question. Tindall was fined in retrospect after the World Cup had finished,If England had reached let alone won the final,would Tindall have been fined.Obviously the answer is 'No'.So is he paying because they didn't perform on the field.It is ridiculous and indicative of the mess the English RFU is in.

  • Taetjo - 2011-11-29 10:07

    Why are they still holding onto this has-been?

  • Pierre - 2011-11-29 11:22

    How much publicity this “Queenstown incident” got is completely ridiculous and the subsequent complete overreaction from the RFU even beyond that. Yes I was struggling to find the right adjectives to describe this bizarre situation. If we don’t want to believe that intelligent people are led by their noses by the media, then I can only imagine that the RFU wanted to “shake” the England team up a bit after their loss to France. In the process of course using anything they can lay their hands on, and the “Queenstown incident” is an easy target, after the New Zealand media criminalised dinking bears and talking to women.

      Kosie - 2011-11-29 15:51

      lol. how do you drink a bear?

      Pierre - 2011-11-30 07:41

      Ahmm, very carefully I quess... yes oops, I blame the spelling checker.

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