England fly-half Danny Cipriani fined by Gloucester Rugby after nightclub arrest
Danny Cipriani has been fined £2,000 by his club Gloucester over a nightclub incident in Jersey.
The England fly-half had already received a fine of £2,000 by magistrates after pleading guilty to assault and resisting arrest.
The Rugby Football Union also opted to charge Cipriani, 31, on Friday with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game.
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As well as paying £2,000 – 50% of which will go to charity – Gloucester also confirmed Cipriani will do ten hours of community service.
A Gloucester Rugby statement read: Having reviewed all the facts and spoken to both Danny and Willi Heinz, who witnessed the events first hand, we are in agreement with the Magistrate in Jersey that this was a minor incident.
While Danny is very apologetic for his actions, we do not believe he is guilty of bringing the game into disrepute and he will continue to get our full support.
Danny has now faced disciplinary action from both the Courts and his Club and, with the new season about to kick off, our focus is very much on preparing for Northampton on the 1st September, so we will not be making any further comments on this matter.
After pleading guilty to common assault, Cipriani said: I want to start with a heartfelt apology. To my club, teammates, supporters and most importantly the police.
They have a tough and vital job and Im mortified that, earlier this week, I acted in a way that I hugely regret. I am truly sorry.
I would also like to put on record the words of the Magistrate Sarah Fitz who publicly stated that “it was a minor incident” and “a fine is more than sufficient”.
He added: I was wrong to argue with a bouncer, and pull on his camera tie. I was also wrong to resist arrest. This is why I pleaded guilty to these two charges and all other charges were dropped by the prosecution.
I was initially confused as to why I was being arrested by three officers. This led me to react in the wrong manner for a matter of seconds, seeking to hold off the police officers rather than accepting their decision.
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It goes without saying, given the words of the Magistrate, that I didnt strike anyone or initiate aggression in any way.
I was on a team night out with the whole squad. I am grateful to the club, who have been fully supportive.
I would like to publicly thank the Magistrate and the police and, once again, apologise both to them and to the public.