Speak­ing up has cost Baron

The Rugby Paper - - Premiership -

AT the same time Fran­cis Baron and Graeme Cat­ter­mole have been sep­a­rated from their ‘priv­i­leged mem­ber’ sta­tus by a score-set­tling RFU Coun­cil vote, the gov­ern­ing body is ex­hort­ing ev­ery­one in­volved in the game to ‘Speak Up’.

The RFU say their new pol­icy is, “com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing a cul­ture where it is safe and ac­cept­able for ev­ery­one to raise con­cerns about any unac­cept­able prac­tice, be­hav­iour, wrong­do­ing or mis­con­duct”.

They say: “Speak­ing up will en­able con­cerns to be in­ves­ti­gated and dealt with for the ben­e­fit of all.”

While anti-dop­ing con­cerns and dis­clo­sures are high on the pri­or­ity list, Baron and Cat­ter­mole could be for­given for think­ing there is a dou­ble stan­dard at work.

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