Remove Jeff Blackett as RFU Disciplinary Officer
Judge Jeff Blackett (honourable so called) is clearly guilty of institutionalised bias and favouritism in carrying out his duties as the Disciplinary Officer of the RFU. When ajudicating a case involving James Haskell, an England and London Wasps rugby player, Blackett acted in a completely unprofessional manner, bringing the sport into disrepute by criticising match officials - something almost completely unheard of in Rugby Union and by handing Haskell just a one week ban despite clear instructions for a minimum ban of 6 weeks and maximum of 2 years. Furthermore, Blackett is again guilty of bringing the game into disrepute when just a week later he banned Neil Best a Northern Irish rugby player for 18 weeks, for gouging Haskell in a Guinness Premiership match. However unlike the Haskell case where Blackett strongly defended the player, which is again wholly inappropriate in the context of his duties as a Disciplinary Officer, Blackett handed Best an 18 week ban for a gouging offence on Haskell the player he had only just vermently defended, despite the fact that Neil Best has never received a red card or citation in his entire career before now. Furthermore Blackett made comments in the media strongly defending Haskell suggesting possible alterior motives for Haskells lenient ban, which was again, just one week long despite being cited for an offence carrying a minimum tariff of 6 weeks. There are also indications of a possible racial motive as Blackett served in the Royal Navy in the height of the Northern Ireland troubles, where he was known to remonstrate with his officers about the conflict and more specifically the people of Northern Ireland. Earlier this year South African rugby player Bismark Du Plessis was given a 3 week ban for a gouging incident almost identical to Best's, meaning a 15 week differential in the IRBs punishment of gouging offences. Similarly last year, Dylan Hartley an English and Northampton rugby player was cited for a gouging offence, but was for some bazaar reason cited at a lower entry level to Best, despite the fact that both players committed the same offence. Agains raising questions of a possible racial motive. Haskell meanwhile - despite apparantly having to be rushed to hospital after the game, was somehow able to continue playing in the match in which he was gouged and played again almost immediately after his one week ban in another Guinness Premiership match, all of this despite totally baffling statements released by the RFU claiming he had nearly been "blinded"! by Best's gouge. Finally Blackett is undoubtedly at fault for demonstrating a huge degree of bias by taking "mitigating" circumstances into account with regard to Haskell, whilst seemingly totally ignoring mitigating circumstances in Best's case such as his emaculate disciplinary record (at the age of 29 he has never been red carded or cited). As a result of the above it is clear that the rugby supporting public in the UK have lost all faith and belief in any kind of disciplinary system offered by the RFU given the massive inconsistencies at hand. As Disciplinary Officer, Jeff Blacket is wholly and soully responsible for this and must step down with immediate effect.