LITESPORT London Lite Wednesday, 2 September 2009 43 LITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... RE EDUARDO (L&B 01/09) it was the grin caught on camera (akin to the infamous Ronaldo wink) when hed got away with it, that made Eduardos dive worthy of rebuke. Olivia, N10 RE EDUARDO (L&B 01/09) makes me laugh how Ronaldo was the biggest diver going in the Premiership and yet didnt get punished for it and Drogba too. However its Eduardos first time at diving and he gets slaughtered for it. I call that injustice! Liverpool fan RE EDUARDO (L&B 01/09) so if Ive got this right, Eduardos dive is not seen by the ref and he gets a two match ban. If it had been seen hed have got a yellow card! Macca RE WENGER (L&B 01/09) Arsene Wenger was so impressed with the strength of the three West Ham stewards who held back over 300 West Ham fans that hes weighing up a move for them. SLP To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL RANT to 65400 Terms apply. See thisislondon.co.uk/lite Sarries give Borth to a new dawn SARACENS captain Steve Borthwick goes into Saturdays opening Guinness Premiership showdown against London Irish at Twickenham insisting: Forget last seasons upsets, were stronger than ever now. The 6ft 6in giant (below), who doubles as England skipper, had barely settled in after his move from Bath last season when Australian Eddie Jones departed as director of rugby at Vicarage Road. Former Springbok Brendan Venter was drafted in by the South African investors and there were fears that the club could turn into an ex-pat franchise with numerous home-grown players told they were surplus to requirements. But 29-year-old lock Borthwick said: There were alarms and it was an upsetting time last season. We have now signed world-class players to become a stronger side allied to the English talent coming through. Bloodgate document puts Dean at centre of stormDEAN RICHARDS central role in the Bloodgatescandalwaslaidbaretoday when the ERC released a 98-page writ- ten judgement of last months appeal hearing on the internet. ERC disciplinary officer Roger OConnor appealed an original deci- sion to find misconduct complaints against the former Harlequins rugby director and ex-Quins physiotherapist Steph Brennan not proven. Asubsequentappealcommitteethen banned Richards for three years, imposed a two-year suspension on BrennanandalsoincreasedQuinsfine to 260,000. The scandal involved wing Tom Wil- liams, who came off injured during Quins Heineken Cup quarter-final clash against Leinster last season. He was given a fake blood capsule in an attempt to get goal kicker Nick Evans, who had earlier left the field injured, back on. Quins lost the game 6-5, and Williams received a 12-month suspension fol- lowing the incident, whichwasreducedtofour months on appeal. In their judgement, the appeal committee said: Mr Richards was the directing mind and had central control over eve- rything that happened in relation to the fabrica- tion of the blood injury on the pitch, and the cover-up in the days after the match. It was Mr Richards who had instigated and directed arrangements which enabled the fabrication of blood injuries. Inoneof thehighestprofilematches in which the club had ever been involved, he was prepared to try to cheat Leinster out of a victory by bringing on a player at a crucial stage in the match when that player was not entitled to return to the field of play. He was quite disinterested in the consideration that by acting the way he did, the club which deserved to win might be deprived of its victory. He had long since recruited Mr Brennan as his willing lieu- tenant in such activities, and in identifying Mr Williams as the per- son who would fake the blood injury he had selected a p l aye r wh o h e thought could be suborned into cheating. His (Richards) was the dominant personality and influence on affairs. We considered the primary interest of Mr Richards was in preventing his own role being discovered. The committee said England physio Brennan had played a crucial role, adding: He was effectively compelled into telling the truth by the actions of Mr Williams in disclosing how the f abricated blood injury had happened. The ERC could now revisit Quins situation, while the Rugby Football Union might also decide to investigate further. BY NEAL COLLINS Liar in the blood: Steph Brennan and a bleeding Tom Williams injuredoffcamewholiams, HeinekenQuinsduring clashquarter-finalCup lastLeinsteragainst He was given a fake blood capsule in an attempt to get goal kicker Nick Evans, who fieldtheleftearlierhad Quins lost the game 6-5, areceivedWilliamsand 12-month suspension fol- incident,thelowing fourtoreducedwaswhich said:committeeappeal thewasRichardsMr hadandminddirecting central control over eve- inhappenedthatrything theandpitch,theon wintodeservedwhichclubthedid,he its victory.might be deprived of MrrecruitedsincelonghadHe Brennan as his willing lieu- tenant in such activities, Mridentifyinginand per-theasWilliams MARTIN JOHNSON last night insisted the touchline cheating exposed by the Harlequins Bloodgate scandal has no place in his England set-up. The spotlight was turned on England at the weekend with reports that Harlequins internal inquiry had heard allegations of cheating at all levels of the game. But Johnson (left) believes the practice of faking blood injuries is not endemic in the game and told Radio Five Live: It is certainly not widespread in my experience as a player and with the England team this year managing it. Have things like that happened before? I think you would be naive to say they havent. No place for cheating in Johnnos set-up THIS Saturday, Twickenham will host the kick-off of the GUINNESS Premiership season with the now- traditional London double-header. Saracens will take on last years Guinness Premiership runners-up London Irish before London Wasps face Harlequins in back-to-back clashes. This seasons curtain raiser will kick-off the thrilling battle involving all twelve Guinness Premiership clubs as they head for the final at Twickenham next May. This September, Guinness is not only celebrating the start of the new season but will be raising a toast to Arthur Guinness to mark the 250 years since he signed a 9,000 year lease on the St Jamess Gate brewery. 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