Rugby. Accused of “non-prevention of a crime”, Chris Farrell (ex-Grenoble) dismissed by Munster

Irish international center Chris Farrell (ex-Grenoble) is withdrawn by his Munster club. (©Icon Sports)

Thursday, September 22, the verdict fell: 5 former rugby players from Grenoble suspected of “rape in a meeting” or “non-impediment of a crime”, in March 2017, were referred to the Assize Court by the investigating chamber of the Bordeaux Court of Appeal. One of them, the Irish International Center Chris Farrell (29 years old; 15 selections) has just been dismissed from his club of Munster during the proceedings initiated in France.

The 5 defendants could appeal in cassation

The case in question dates back to March 2017. On the night of the 11th to the 12th, several Grenoble players, who came out of a Top 14 match lost against Bordeaux-Bègles, decided to extend the evening in a pub in the city. It is there that they meet a young 21-year-old student whom they bring back to their hotel in Mérignac, in the Bordeaux area.

Three of them, Irishman Denis Coulson, New Zealander Rory Grice and Frenchman Loïck Jammes allegedly had non-consensual sex with her while the other two, New Zealander Dylan Hayes and Northern Irishman Chris Farrell, would have done nothing to stop their partners. After a complaint for violation filed by the young woman, the first three are thus suspected of “rape in a meeting” and the other two of “non-prevention of a crime”. This Thursday, the investigating chamber of the Bordeaux Court of Appeal therefore decided to refer them to the Bordeaux Assize Court. They persisted in asserting that the student was consenting. They could provide cassation.

Chris Farrell withdrawn by Munster “the time of the procedure in France”

This Friday, September 23, the Irish province of Munster announced that Chris Farrell was removed from the team during the legal proceedings initiated in France. “Munster Rugby and Chris Farrell have decided, by mutual agreement and with immediate effect, that he will withdraw from the team while the legal proceedings are underway in France concerning his involvement as a witness in a crime. committed in 2017”, published the Irish club on its website.

Thus, the XV du Clover player was not selected for the trip to the Newport Dragons, this Sunday, September 25 (7 p.m.), on behalf of the 2e day of United Rugby Championship, the championship of the Welsh, Irish, Italian, Scottish and South African provinces. Note that the current clubs of the three other players involved, Loïck Jammes (Provence Rugby), Rory Grice (Oyonnax) and Dylan Hayes (Valence-Romans), have not yet communicated on this case. The 28-year-old pillar, Denis Coulson, is, meanwhile, without a club.

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