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Scottish Rugby fined £70,000 for comments over potential cancellation of World Cup game

© Ashley Western/PA WireScotland v Japan in the Rugby World Cup
Scotland v Japan in the Rugby World Cup

The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) has been reprimanded and issued a £70,000 fine over comments made by chief executive Mark Dodson during the World Cup.

World Rugby handed down the fine and a request for an apology over remarks they deemed “inappropriate and ill-judged” from Dodson about the potential cancellation of Scotland’s match against Japan due to Typhoon Hagibis.

Dobson had said that tournament regulations weren’t watertight and that the SRU would consider legal action if the game was cancelled and recorded as a draw rather than rescheduled.

An independent disputes committee ruled that he had “brought the game into disrepute”.

The game on October 13 went ahead as scheduled, with Scotland losing 28-21 and crashing out of the tournament.

The SRU responded in a statement: “[Scottish Rugby] received the Independent Disputes Committee ruling from World Rugby this morning.

“We will now reflect on this outcome and further consider all our options, which may include arbitration.”