Newcastle Falcons accept ERC fine

Newcastle Falcons players against Bourgoin
Falcons were 22-16 winners against Bourgoin in the return fixture

Newcastle will not appeal against the £22,000 fine imposed by the European Rugby Competition for failing to fulfil a fixture in the Challenge Cup.

Falcons travelled to Bourgoin for the 22 January match, which was postponed because of an unplayable pitch.

However neither Falcons nor the referee were present for the scheduled pitch inspection the following day, and the match was never played.

The club have not appealed against a one-year ban from European rugby.

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