Kent

Kent club Maidstone RFC charged over eye gouging

Clarence Harding
Image caption The RFU said the injury was caused by a deliberate act of a Maidstone player

A Kent rugby club has been charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game after a player was partially blinded in a match.

Clarence Harding was injured in a gouging incident during a game between his side Gravesend Rugby Club and Maidstone RFC at Mote Park in January.

In November the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said it could not be determined which player was responsible.

Maidstone RFC will face a disciplinary hearing in London in January.

Kent Police examined pictures from the game on 17 January but decided not to take the action further because there was not enough evidence.

Maidstone RFC previously issued a statement which said if any hard evidence had emerged to implicate any of its players, then they would have been dealt with by the club.

It said its sympathies remained with Mr Harding.

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