CARDIFF Rugby has said they are ‘appalled’ by a social media post which made light of a head injury to its player Aled Summerhill.
The video clip, from Cardiff’s game with the Emirates Lions, was shared on an official United Rugby Championship (URC) social media channel.
In the collision, Summerhill lost conciousness and has been ruled out of Cardiff’s next game this weekend.
The URC has since removed the post and apologised to the player and the club.
They said they were also appalled by the video and are now investigating the post.
Cardiff Rugby’s statement reads: “Cardiff Rugby were appalled by a social media post regarding @Aledsummerhill , which appeared on an official @URCOfficial channel earlier today. The video post made light of a collision against Emirates Lions in which, Summerhill lost consciousness and was subsequently stood down from the following URC fixture.
“As soon as the club was made aware of this post, senior URC officials were contacted, who were equally appalled and immediately removed the post.
“The URC have been in contact with the club and Summerhill to offer their unreserved apologies and are now investigating the post and reviewing their processes.
“Player welfare and safety is of paramount importance and the post was not in line with the core values of the URC or Cardiff Rugby.
“We thank @URCOfficial for their swift manner in dealing with this lack of judgement, their subsequent actions and apologies to the player.”
Summerhill has since posted the video on his Twitter page and the URC responded saying they would take action to make sure it would never happen again.
The URC said in its response: “We’d like to apologise unreservedly to Aled, his family & club for this post.
“Injuries are not to be made light of & our oversight processes around publishing wasn’t good enough. The original post has been removed & we will take immediate action ensuring this never occurs again.
“We recognise that the content was not in line with our values. Apologies to Aled again and we hope you have a speedy recovery.”