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Harlequins 'bloodgate' physio wins case over dismissal

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Published: 21st Jan 2011 11:41:34

Former Harlequins physiotherapist Steph Brennan has won a court case over his dismissal by the Health Professions Council for his role in "bloodgate".

Mr Brennan's lawyers accused the HPC of unlawfully imposing a two-year ban after winger Tom Williams faked injury during rugby union's Heineken Cup.

It was dubbed bloodgate after the player bit into a fake blood capsule

Mr Justice Ouseley, sitting at the High Court, quashed his dismissal and ordered the HPC to reconsider the case.

Mr Brennan's lawyers argued that the HPC adopted a "one strike and you are out for good" approach and the physio's ban was of "gross severity".

But Stephen Brassington, for the HPC, said the misconduct in April 2009 "was so egregious and damaging to the reputation of his profession that the only appropriate way to deal with it was striking-off".

He said: "His [Mr Brennan's] expressions of remorse and sorrow simply were too little too late."

The HPC's lawyer argued that panel's order was not open to legal challenge.

Mr Brennan admitted helping Williams fake an injury during Harlequins' quarter-final defeat by Leinster.

He admitted in total five instances of faking blood injuries, between the rugby club's 2005-06 season and the 2009 game.

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