Harlequins have acted swiftly and decisively after scrumhalf Danny Care was arrested in the early hours of last Saturday morning for drunk and disorderly behaviour following the European Cup loss to Toulouse.
There had been no complaint made to the club regarding the incident, but the club has a strict code of conduct in place and, in accordance with that, Care has been fined although Harlequins have declined to reveal the size of the fine.
They did confirm that it will be in the form of a donation by the player to The Teenage Cancer Unit in UCLH on Tottenham Court Road, which some of the players have visited recently, and Care will donate to them before Christmas.
"We have a crucial Heineken Cup match at the weekend in Toulouse, so it was important we acted quickly," said Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea. "We take it very seriously; however, from the club's point of view, a line will be drawn under the incident and we will get on with our preparation for the match. Danny has apologised to his team and understands fully what is expected of him."
Care added: "It was a silly thing to do - I accept that and apologise completely. We had just played a tough game, and I was out with some of the team and friends, but should have remembered that, as a professional player, I am on duty throughout the season and need to set a better example to the fans.
"I totally accept the police and club fines."
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