London Welsh receive additional fine over ineligibility offence

London Welsh have been fined £8,500 (€10,000) by European Rugby Cup for fielding Tyson Keats in last season's Amlin Cup.

Keats played against Stade Francais in October 2012 but was not registered in the club's tournament squad.

Last season ex-London Welsh team manager Mike Scott was also banned for life from rugby union for falsifying documents to make it appear that New Zealander Tyson Keats was in fact English.

Last season the Exiles were docked five points and fined £15,000 by the Rugby Football Union for committing the same infraction in the Aviva Premiership.

They were ultimately relegated to the Championship by 10 points.

"ERC awaited the conclusion of London Welsh's RFU disciplinary hearing and the subsequent appeal before beginning its own investigation," a statement read.

"The independent disciplinary committee determined London Welsh were guilty of misconduct in breaching the Amlin Challenge Cup player registration rules and imposed a fine of €10,000."