L&Y opponents face racism charges

Liskeard-Looe could face expulsion from the EDF Junior Vase after being charged with publishing racially abusive material in their matchday programme. A page of racially and sexually explicit jokes was published in their programme for their semi-final win over Lowestoft & Yarmouth on Saturday.

Liskeard-Looe could face expulsion from the EDF Junior Vase after being charged with publishing racially abusive material in their matchday programme.

A page of racially and sexually explicit jokes was published in their programme for their semi-final win over Lowestoft & Yarmouth on Saturday.

The club booked a place at Twickenham by winning the game 26-19.

The Rugby Football Union said because of the seriousness of the charges any punishment could be considered.

The club will face a disciplinary hearing in Bristol next Tuesday charged with "two offences of conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the game."

A statement from the RFU said: "The charges relate to allegedly publishing profane, offensive and racially abusive content in the matchday programme of their EDF Energy Junior Vase semi-final against Lowestoft & Yarmouth on Saturday, March 21.

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"The Union may terminate or suspend membership of the Union or impose any other appropriate punishment for any such offence".

Lowestoft and Yarmouth say they did not make a complaint about the content of the programme.

"The club is fully aware of the comments made in the matchday programme.

"Nobody from the club has submitted a complaint to the RFU and that includes our fans who numbered 40 at Liskeard and Looe on Saturday," club official Keith Nelson told BBC South West.