- Independent panel upholds London Welsh's appeal against Minimum Standards Criteria decision
- London Welsh to play in Aviva Premiership and Newcastle Falcons to drop into RFU Championship
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London Welsh will play in the Aviva Premiership next season and Newcastle Falcons are relegated to the RFU Championship.
The Championship title holders' place in the top flight had been in doubt after the club failed to meet the Minimum Standards Criteria set out by the Professional Game Board. However, an independent panel have upheld their appeal against the decision leaving them free to take a place in the Premiership.
Following the announcement RFU Chief Executive Officer Ian Ritchie said:
“I would like to thank all involved for their professionalism throughout the considerable time dedicated to this matter, which ensured the case in question was approached with the importance it warranted.
“The decision taken by the RFU Board was based entirely upon the results of the independent auditor’s report in accordance with the Minimum Standard Criteria (MSC), as set out by the Professional Game Board (PGB). We will now instigate a full review of the MSC, working within the PGB, with the aim of ensuring all stakeholders are agreed on the process going forward.
"The RFU considers this matter closed which will now enable all clubs to continue their planning for the 2012-13 season."
Click on the following link to view the appeal judgement in full (PDF 1.7MB)