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The Pet Shop Boys perform during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games

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Tyson Keats: Welsh could even be banned from hiring foreign players

Round-up: Exiles face fresh action and fines over Keats

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Tyson Keats was not to blame for offence that cost five points

London Welsh lose appeal over points deduction

Aviva Premiership club were deducted five points and given a £15,000 fine

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Tyson Keats was not to blame for offence that cost five points

Former London Welsh team manager Mike Scott banned from rugby for life

Scott punished for role in fielding of ineligible player

Tyson Keats was not to blame for offence that cost five points

London Welsh claim victim status as five-point penalty hits

Exiles to appeal after Keats ruling leaves them bottom of league and blaming fraud

Tyson Keats is said to have played nine games without being correctly registered

London Welsh left dangling over Tyson Keats sanction

London Welsh, at serious risk of forfeiting their Premiership status for playing the scrum-half Tyson Keats under a false nationality registration, were left dangling on a perilously thin disciplinary thread last night when a Rugby Football Union panel ended a six-hour hearing into the case without reaching a decision.

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Tyson Keats of London Welsh

London Welsh await disciplinary outcome that could decide Premiership fate

The Exiles are charged with fielding an ineligible player

Tyson Keats is said to have played nine games without proper registration

London Welsh face crippling points penalty

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Tyson Keats of London Welsh

London Welsh charged with fielding ineligible player in 'a number' of matches

The issue relates to the registration of scrum-half Tyson Keats

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