Ojo and Brown hit with fines
Strettle and Care cleared of any tour wrongdoing
Last Updated: July 10, 2008 2:13pm
Ojo: Misconduct charge
Topsy Ojo and Mike Brown have been fined and reprimanded after being found guilty of misconduct on the recent tour of New Zealand.
"All the players I have interviewed vehemently deny any criminal wrongdoing."
Jeff Blackett, disciplinary officer of the RFU Quotes of the week
A report by Jeff Blackett, disciplinary officer of the Rugby Football Union, found the pair guilty and cleared David Strettle and Danny Care of any charges.
Quins full-back Brown was fined £1,000 for "staying out all night during an England rugby tour" and missing a physiotherapist appointment.
England tour debutant and London Irish wing Ojo was hit with a £500 fine - also for staying out all night.
Ojo, Brown and Care were at the centre of sex allegations following England's 37-20 defeat by the All Blacks in Auckland.
But no official complaint was made against the players, who denied any wrongdoing.
Blackett said: "All the players I have interviewed vehemently deny any criminal wrongdoing and I have seen or heard no evidence which has been tested to gainsay those denials."
Explaining the sequence of events that led to the complaint being made, Blackett said: "Mike Brown and Topsy Ojo (together and with some other players) visited a number of bars in the early morning after the first Test match.
"They met the complainant and she eventually accompanied them back to the team hotel some time after 0700 on Sunday morning. She went to Brown's room and was there alone with her.
"At about 0835 Brown left the room and attended a physiotherapist appointment and while he was there, Topsy Ojo (who had gone to the room to ensure Brown went to the see the physiotherapist) was in the room alone with the complainant.
"Danny Care had returned to the hotel at sometime between 0130 and 0300.
"David Strettle had returned to the hotel at sometime between 0330 and 0500.
"Care and Strettle popped their heads round the unlocked interconnecting door of the room at about 0855 and saw Ojo with the complainant. They were there for no more than a few seconds.
"Brown admitted that he was a bit tipsy while in the bars, although in control. He also accepts he was 20 minutes late for his physiotherapist appointment in the morning.
"All of the other players admit modest, but not excessive, alcohol consumption and they all attended their morning physiotherapist appointments on time.
"They believed that they could relax a little more than normal because the day following the Test match was a travelling day."
Strettle was not in the list of people the New Zealand police wished to interview, Blackett said.