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PSU suspends rugby club amid arson investigation

By: WJAC Web Staff

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State University has suspended its rugby club at its University Park campus in Centre County after two club members were arrested for allegedly setting fire to a club equipment shed on campus.

Penn State made the announcement in a statement Friday. The school said the club was suspended from practice and competition effectively immediately and the team's next two matches against Navy and Susquehanna were canceled.

"The student conduct office has begun a judicial review of a case of arson in which two rugby team members were charged with the crime. Athletics is looking into the matter as well," the statement said. "There will not be any further comment on this matter until the student conduct office and athletics have completed their reviews."

The rugby team is part of the school's club sports program.

Club members Christopher Petri, 22, and Sean Herbert, 21, were charged Tuesday with eight felonies each, including arson, for setting the equipment shed on fire on Jan. 15, police said.

Police said the two were not happy with their coach and the direction the club was headed.

The men admitted to being intoxicated when the allegedly used lighter fluid to set the shed on fire.

Both were free on bail.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times