Scarlets punished for naming ineligible player vs. Racing 92

Scarlets were thumped 64-14 by Racing 92 at Yves du Manoir stadium in January. LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images

Welsh region the Scarlets have been hit with a suspended fine after naming an ineligible player in their matchday squad for a European Champions Cup game.

Tournament organisers European Professional Club Rugby said an independent disciplinary committee had decided to impose a €10,000 (£7,700) fine following Jacob Cowley's inclusion in Scarlets' 23 for the Champions Cup pool match against Racing 92 last month.

EPCR had brought a misconduct complaint against the Scarlets.

Although Cowley took no part in the game and the committee accepted that he was named as a replacement in error by the Scarlets, it was determined that they had breached tournament rules by naming a non EPCR-registered player.

The fine becomes payable if the Scarlets are found to have committed any further EPCR tournament rule breaches between now and May 31, 2018.