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A petition for openness, honesty, and accountability.

Nice trophy, how much?

By Vespula Vulgaris
September 17 2015

The whispers and rumours regarding the apparent breach of the salary cap continue to grow, and if one particular journalist writing in the Rugby Paper is to be believed one or two clubs are spearheading the argument that the findings need to be acted on. The rest, apparently, are quite happy to quietly shelve the whole investigation and carry on pretending things are perfectly normal.    

We are told the debate is anything but civilised. There was shouting, and there was waving of fingers. But we have not officially been told anything at all. And that is a problem.

You see, those rich men in their private conference room, discussing their own personal rugby teams are failing to see the elephant in the room. In fact a legion of elephants.

Premiership rugby might have its reputation damaged if a salary cap breech is made public and the people who have been shown to have committed the breech take legal action against the rest of the premiership. But it isn't the rest of the teams that play that buy season tickets, one off tickets, shirts, hats, beer by the gallon and vastly overpriced hotdogs.

It is the fans.

And the fans are not happy.

Rugby is our game. We love it, and take great pride in the level of sportsmanship that is associated with it. We take pride in the fact that it is not simply a matter of which team has the deepest pockets, it is about balancing new talent with veterans, about coaching talent, not just buying it.

And if that is taken away from us then vast numbers of fans will simply stop coming.

Now it may well be possible that everyone's favourite columnist from The Rugby Paper has been misinformed and the investigation has found nothing of note. But if so, for God's sake tell us. And if people have broken the agreement they made, then they should suffer the consequences they agreed to.

One fan has taken it upon himself to start a petition calling for the publication of the report. At the time of writing this article the petition had been live for a matter of hours and already has hundreds of names on it.

If you value rugby, and don't want to see our sport being destroyed by whispered rumours of cheating, or even worse, by blatant cheating justified by bullying tactics against clubs with less rich backers then take a look at the petition and add your name to it.

Click Here To Sign The Petition


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Discussion started by , 17/09/2015 20:22
17/09/2015 20:22
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17/09/2015 20:38
An excellent , eloquent summary of where we are, what we want, and when we want it - great article - hope it sways some to sign that may be dithering or apathetic - great job Mr V

17/09/2015 20:43
Well done Wasps, moral leadership so sadly lacking elsewhere.

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17/09/2015 21:04
Great work

Anna Streeter
17/09/2015 21:29
Exactly. Petition signed.shared on fb. Will work on friends and family over the next few days.

17/09/2015 22:18
Hear, hear! Well played VV.

17/09/2015 22:18
Excellent V.....Signed and tweeted.

Lord grumpy
17/09/2015 22:57

Ellistown Tiger
17/09/2015 23:20

18/09/2015 03:08
I do think this is 'enabling' Fissler's appalling excuse for journalism, and I find the picture & caption pretty classless given the (at least) faux-neutrality in the text.

But I'm behind the general idea of the petition, so signed.

18/09/2015 04:31
Signed, tweeted and FB'd. 493 at the last count.
Well done for getting it up and running...

18/09/2015 08:33
Signed, retweeted & Facebooked...

A very cruel woman indeed!
And a pompous snob, apparently.

18/09/2015 08:38
Thanks for the comments, lets try to build on the momentum we've got. Keep testing!

18/09/2015 10:30
Up to 682 now - good work (I've signed, tweeted and FB'd it as well).,file=4917

18/09/2015 10:47
Not sure if this has been done already but are there plans to reach out to other rugby leagues/teams for their support. The pro12 teams should support the petition and I should imagine championship teams like London Welsh etc.

Quin Kong
18/09/2015 11:14
Signed and fb'd.


Lord grumpy
18/09/2015 11:24
Lady Grumpy now signed !

Rifleman Harris
18/09/2015 11:46
Signed and Facebooked.

18/09/2015 11:54
Well done VV. Signed.

18/09/2015 12:07
Added my sig. Good luck.

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