Premiership: Gloucester to seek compensation from Worcester for game cancellation

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Gloucester are to ask Worcester for financial compensation in the wake of the cancellation of their Premiership game earlier this season.

The Cherry and Whites were awarded a 20-0 win from the match, which did not take place after Worcester pulled out, citing both illness and injury as the reason for not having enough front-row forwards. The non-event is said to have cost Gloucester around GBP 250,000.

No complaints

A judicial panel convened by Sport Resolutions found that Worcester had not “(taken) either all possible or even reasonable steps to obtain loan cover.” Worcester have not opted to appeal.

“The impact of Worcester’s decision to cancel the match was significant across the club and among both sets of fans, not least due to doing so within only a few hours of the scheduled kick-off,” Gloucester chief executive Lance Bradley told the club’s official website.

“It was frustrating for both sets of fans who had been looking forward to a good game of live rugby, whether at Kingsholm or live on BT Sport, and it was frustrating for our players, coaches and other staff who had been working hard to prepare for the game.

“We refunded all match ticket holders, season ticket holders, box holders and hospitality guests – all of which resulted in significant financial loss for the club.

“There were also huge financial damages incurred through lost food and drinks sales, not only for Gloucester Rugby, but also for numerous establishments around the city.

“We are pleased the independent panel rejected Worcester’s claims that the cancellation was due to Covid-19, and that they did everything they could to field a team. As is evident in the report, clearly neither of these things was the case.

“The club will now seek compensation from Worcester Warriors through the relevant channels.”

Worcester, for their part, have accepted that the panel’s findings about shortcomings in internal processes were correct.

“The judgment has… highlighted areas in our processes that could be improved. We will consider the findings in more detail and make improvements where necessary,” said a club statement.

“Once again, we apologise to Premiership Rugby, BT Sport, Gloucester and supporters of both clubs for the inconvenience that was caused by the cancellation.”

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