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Under 12s rugby coach suspended for eight weeks after making “a joke about a sexual assault”

11:56 19 June 2014

Marty Jermyn

Marty Jermyn

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The coach of an under 12s rugby team was suspended for eight weeks after making what a disciplinary committee described as “a joke about a sexual assault” before they played a team fielding two girls.

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Wymondham Rugby Club investigated the conduct of Marty Jermyn after Liam Hughes, a former first class rugby player whose son played for the team, complained.

There is no suggestion any of the boys behaved inappropriately.

The club initially told Mr Jermyn to write a letter of apology to the club and attend a safeguarding course after making the comments during a tour to Peterborough and Yorkshire in May 2013.

Mr Hughes wrote to the sport’s governing body, the Rugby Football Union (RFU), complaining about the outcome, and after consulting with the RFU, the club held a disciplinary committee on October 3, 2013.

According to the minutes, which came to light this week, the panel believed the remarks were “dreadful”, but said Mr Jermyn made an “unreserved and genuine acknowledgement that what he had said was wrong and inappropriate”.

The RFU said it had recommended that a period of suspension, together with a combination of other safeguarding measures, was an appropriate course of action.

It added that, since the incident, Wymondham has worked closely with the RFU to strengthen its safeguarding processes.

Andrew Kilby, chairman of Wymondham RFC, said: “We have taken this matter very seriously and have reviewed our safeguarding policy in conjunction with the RFU. This is the first incident of its type in the club’s 41 year history and we will continue to work with parents and coaches to ensure that this is never repeated.”

He added that all coaches have been reminded about the importance of the core values of rugby.

Mr Jermyn declined to comment.

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