Brennan set to discover fate
February 26, 2007
Former Ireland lock Trevor Brennan will discover next month whether he has played his last game of professional rugby.
Brennan will appear before an independent disciplinary committee on March 16 after his appeal to adjourn the hearing for his misconduct charge was dismissed today.
Brennan is alleged to have entered a seating area during Toulouse's 28-13 Heineken Cup victory over Ulster last month and punched a supporter, who has since begun criminal and civil proceedings.
Representatives of the Toulouse forward requested an adjournment of the hearing on the grounds the outcome could prejudice the criminal proceedings in France and affect Brennan's right to silence.
But today's decision to proceed with the final hearing ensures the 33-year-old will discover next month if his playing career has been ended prematurely.
Before the incident took place he had indicated his decision to retire at the end of the current season.
Should the hearing punish the offence with the lengthy ban expected, then Toulouse's 22-20 league defeat by Stade Francais will have been his final appearance as a professional rugby player.
Earlier today it was confirmed Brennan had been suspended by the French Rugby Federation until March 15 - the day before his hearing will take place.
The International Rugby Board requested Toulouse adopt the measure "in the interests of the game".
Brennan is alleged to have struck Patrick Bamford, leaving the 25-year-old accountant requiring medical treatment at the ground and on his return home to London.
Brennan claimed he was provoked by derogatory chants during the game.
Bamford is also taking libel action against a number of news organisations which reported the incident.