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Case 270 - Rugby club banned from playing at their own ground due to weather conditions

Issue

A Rugby Club was recently banned from playing rugby at their own ground due to weather conditions, claiming it was muddy, could cause injury to players and health and safety rules.

Panel decision

Given that the rugby pitches in question had been subject to serious flooding, it was appropriate that a proper assessment should be undertaken before play resumed. The potential for flood water to have contaminated the ground is likely to have been a factor for consideration. Quoting bans and praying in aid non-specific health and safety rules in this type of case doesn’t help anyone – keen sportsmen and women deserve a proper explanation of what is preventing their matches from proceeding.

2014-03-17