Irish rugby star Chris Farrell steps away from Munster after case linked to alleged rape is referred to French criminal court

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An Irish planetary has stepped distant from his engagement with Munster Rugby after cases against him and 4 different players were referred to a French transgression tribunal pursuing allegations a young pistillate was raped.

n a statement, Munster confirmed centre Chris Farrell volition not beryllium progressive with the squad portion the French ineligible process is ongoing.

Mr Farrell (29) is not accused of rape but is facing an accusation of "not stopping a crime".

The Bordeaux Court of Appeal confirmed contiguous that 3 erstwhile FC Grenoble rugby players accused of rape successful Merignac successful 2017 person been referred to the Assises Court of Gironde, aggregate French media outlets person reported.

The 3 are Irishman Denis Coulson (28), New Zealander Rory Grice (32), and Frenchman Loick Jammes (27). Mr Coulson has played nonrecreational rugby for 3 French sides and Connacht during his career. More precocious helium has been playing nine rugby successful Ireland.

It was besides reported the aforesaid tribunal confirmed “the beingness of capable evidence” to notation 2 different erstwhile Grenoble players to the Assises Court for the alleged offence of “not stopping a crime”. They are Mr Farrell and New Zealander Dylan Hayes (28).

In a connection to Independent.ie, Munster Rugby said Mr Farrell will taking clip distant from the team.

"Munster Rugby and Chris Farrell person agreed that, with contiguous effect, helium volition beryllium stepping backmost from his engagement with the Munster squad whilst ineligible proceedings successful France, concerning his alleged engagement arsenic a witnesser to an alleged transgression successful 2017, are on-going.

"As this is an progressive ineligible substance earlier the French courts, we person nary further comment,” the connection said. 

The Assises Court tries superior transgression cases.

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Irish prop Denis Coulson (R) arrives connected  March 21, 2017 astatine  the constabulary  presumption    successful  Grenoble, French Alps. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT

Irish prop Denis Coulson (R) arrives connected March 21, 2017 astatine the constabulary presumption successful Grenoble, French Alps. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT

Irish prop Denis Coulson (R) arrives connected March 21, 2017 astatine the constabulary presumption successful Grenoble, French Alps. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT

All 5 tin inactive entreaty the determination to different entreaty tribunal known arsenic the Court of Cassation, which deals with the mentation of instrumentality alternatively than the facts of a case.

French media reported that the players person denied the complainant’s accusations and importune that immoderate interaction with her was consensual.

The lawsuit relates to an alleged incidental successful March 2017 erstwhile respective Grenoble players, who were coming from a Top 14 lucifer they mislaid against Union Bordeaux Bègles, decided to proceed the evening successful a pub successful the city.

There, they are alleged to person met a pupil aged 21, who was brought backmost to their hotel.

Le Dauphiné Libéré paper reported that an examining magistrate successful complaint of the lawsuit made a ruling successful June 2019 bringing charges earlier the Assises Court against Mr Coulson, Mr Jammes and Mr Grice. But this ruling was appealed by the 3 men.

A lawyer for Mr Coulson said successful 2019 the complainant’s accusations were not capable for the lawsuit to spell earlier the transgression tribunal arsenic they had been contradicted by witnesser testimony.

A lawyer for Mr Jammes besides said that twelvemonth that determination was excessively overmuch uncertainty regarding the contented of consent for determination to beryllium a trial.

Le Dauphiné Libéré said Mr Farrell and Mr Hayes were subsequently enactment nether probe by a designated examining magistrate past twelvemonth for allegedly “not stopping a crime”.

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