Ridler Twitter case puts disciplinary panel into uncharted territory
A NEW precedent will be set when Cinderford winger Chance Ridler learns his punishment in the next seven days.
The Citizen understands the Colt pleaded guilty to charges that between April 16, 2012 and July 2, 2012 he allegedly made statements on his twitter account relating to the use and distribution of Performance Enhancing Drugs.
On Tuesday night an RFU disciplinary panel in Bristol, chaired by Christopher Quinlan, decided to adjourn for the evening to take further time to consider the case.
With social media being a recent phenomenon, there is no other case for the powers that be to refer to when drawing up the potential penalty.
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It is thought the panel may seek the advice of the RFU's disciplinary committee when coming up with a sentence for the individual.
Rider was charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union and the Game, contrary to Rule 5.12 of the Rules of the RFU.
The case is thought to be the first of its kind, and the game's governing body may decide to make an example of the youngster to combat the rising fears of performance enhancing substances in the sport.