Brennan retires ahead of career-threatening hearing

13th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, March 13, 2007 (AFP) - Former Ireland forward Trevor Brennan announced he has retired from rugby with immediate effect.

LONDON, March 13, 2007 (AFP) - Former Ireland forward Trevor Brennan announced he has retired from rugby with immediate effect.

Brennan, who was contracted to French club Toulouse, made the decision ahead of a hearing Friday at an independent disciplinary committee relating to an assault on a supporter during Toulouse's 28-13 European Cup win over Ulster.

The Irishman is alleged to have entered a seating area during the match last month and punched a supporter.

The anticipated ban relating to that incident would likely have brought Brennan's professional career to an end.

But the lock has pre-empted any such decision.

Brennan had tried to have his hearing adjourned pending a separate civil case but that appeal was turned down, forcing him to make the announcement.

He said: "I had decided at the beginning of this season that I would retire at the end of the current French Championship.

"However, as a result of recent matters I've had to review that position. I had sought an adjournment of the ERC disciplinary hearing on the grounds that it interfered with my right to silence in other proceedings, but this has been refused.

"I am therefore announcing my immediate retirement from rugby. I would like to thank everybody who has helped me throughout these years," he added.

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