Rugby-Ireland international Farrell steps away from Munster due to French court case


  • Rugby
  • Friday, 23 Sep 2022

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Autumn Nations Cup - Ireland v Georgia - Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland - November 29, 2020 Ireland’s Chris Farrell in action with Georgia’s Soso Matiashvili Pool via REUTERS/Niall Carson

(Reuters) - Chris Farrell will not be involved with Munster while legal proceedings are ongoing in France relating to a case of alleged rape in which the Irish international is an alleged witness, the club said on Friday.

The case dates back to 2017 when Farrell, 29, was playing for Top 14 side Grenoble.

The Bordeaux Court of Appeal confirmed on Thursday that three former Grenoble rugby players accused of rape have been referred to the Assises Court of Gironde, French media reported.

"Munster Rugby and Chris Farrell have agreed that, with immediate effect, he will be stepping back from his involvement with the Munster squad whilst legal proceedings in France, concerning his alleged involvement as a witness to an alleged crime in 2017, are on-going," Munster said in a statement.

"As this is an active legal matter before the French courts, we have no further comment."

Farrell, capped 15 times by Ireland, played for Ulster before moving to Grenoble in 2014. He has made over 70 appearances for Munster since joining them in 2017.

(Reporting by Tommy Lund in Gdansk, Writing by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In Rugby

Rugby-France's Penaud voted Autumn Nations player of the series
Rugby-Springboks' Du Toit gets reduced three-week ban for red card
Rugby-World Rugby considers changes to the game to reduce stoppages-BBC
Rugby-RFU head Sweeney shares England fans' disappointment
Rugby-Willemse stars as Springboks beat wretched England 27-13
Rugby-Former Scotland lock Weir dead at 52 after long illness
Rugby-Australia fight back from 21-point deficit to beat Wales
Rugby-Suspended Springbok boss Erasmus in talks with World Rugby
Rugby-Australia's Tupou still has chance to make World Cup despite Achilles injury: Rennie
Rugby-Australia to probe 'unprecedented' injury crisis, Hooper ruled out

Others Also Read