Women’s Aid blasts rugby bosses for ‘lack of concern’ for domestic violence victim of 13 stone winger

A leading women’s charity has blasted Scottish rugby bosses after a player admitted to abusing his girlfriend during a harrowing 20-month domestic ordeal but has yet to be sacked from his club.

Glasgow Warriors and Scotland rugby union player Rufus McLean, 22, used location systems to keep an eye on Cara Haston, 21,’s phone and demanded the passwords to her social media accounts.

The 13-stone player admitted leaving his Edinburgh victim with a split lip and a black eye after he pushed her off him in an incident. He also called her ab***h and as*** and sent her abusive text and social media messages, the court heard.

But despite McLean being suspended after his guilty plea, no decision has yet been made on his future at the club – while a leading women’s charity claims there has been “no concern” in the sporting world for the victim.

The court was told Cara (pictured) was on a Spanish holiday in the summer of 2019 when McLean saw a photo of her on social media and

The court was told Cara (pictured) was on a Spanish holiday in the summer of 2019 when McLean saw a photo of her on social media and ” took offense at what she was wearing and branded her an *** .

McLean is facing sacking from his club after admitting to abusing his girlfriend during a harrowing 20-month domestic ordeal

McLean is facing sacking from his club after admitting to abusing his girlfriend during a harrowing 20-month domestic ordeal

The US-born winger, who made three appearances for Scotland, is said to have had no contact with the club since, with his career at stake.

McLean, who made his senior debut in Scotland against Tonga in October 2021, pleaded guilty last month to committing “emotionally abusive and controlling” conduct between April 2019 and January 2021.

Scottish Women’s Aid chief executive Marsha Scott slammed the sporting hierarchy for not looking after Miss Haston over the scandal.

She said: “Everyone has a responsibility to challenge the culture that condones domestic violence, in our families, in our workplaces, in our communities, on our favorite sports team.

“The lack of any concern or consideration for the ordeal of the victim and Mr McLean’s family and the failure to quickly, honestly and fully condemn anyone who chooses to commit the abuse is unfathomable in this day and age.”

A statement from Glasgow Warriors said: “Rufus McLean is suspended from all club activities and will not stand for selection following a guilty plea under the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 in December 2022.

“The Glasgow Warriors do not condone abuse of any kind and therefore, along with Scottish Rugby, immediately suspended the player at his request.

“An internal investigation has been launched and a disciplinary hearing will take place this week.”

The club added: “The court proceedings on this matter are ongoing so no further comment will be made at this time.”

McLean, who made his senior debut in Scotland against Tonga in October 2021, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday for his sentencing, which has been postponed by a month.

He pleaded guilty last month to taking a class of “emotionally abusive and controlling” behavior between April 2019 and January 2021.

The court previously heard in a settled narrative how McLean and his girlfriend were in an “on/off” relationship for four years and “properly” together for two years between April 2019 and May 2021.

Cara, who studied at Northumbria University, described 5ft 10 in Glasgow-based McLean as “emotionally abusive and controlling”.

The court was told she was on a Spanish holiday in the summer of 2019 when McLean saw a photo of her on social media and ” took offense at what she was wearing.

McLean wrote that she looked like an ‘S***’ and told her to change, but his girlfriend refused and went out.

He is said to have started sending her and her friends messages in derogatory language.

Cara described 5ft 10in Glasgow resident McLean as

Cara described 5ft 10in Glasgow resident McLean as “emotionally abusive and controlling” (pictured together)

Rufus McLean, 22, a Glasgow Warriors and Scotland rugby union player, used tracking systems to keep an eye on Cara Haston's (pictured), 21, phone and demanded the passwords for her social media accounts accounts.

Rufus McLean, 22, a Glasgow Warriors and Scotland rugby union player, used tracking systems to keep an eye on Cara Haston’s (pictured), 21, phone and demanded the passwords for her social media accounts accounts.

Cara (pictured) was often prompted by McLean to turn on her

Cara (pictured) was often prompted by McLean to turn on her “tracker” on her phone so he could check where she was

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McLean, who made his senior debut in Scotland against Tonga in October 2021, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday (pictured) for his sentencing, which has been postponed by a month

Iain Smith, defending himself, asked Sheriff Matthew Auchincloss to consider giving McLean an

Iain Smith, defending himself, asked Sheriff Matthew Auchincloss to consider giving McLean an “absolute discharge” – meaning he would have no criminal record (Image: ex-girlfriend Cara)

In another incident in January 2021, the couple were at McLean’s Glasgow flat when she woke him up to talk.

McLean responded by pushing her away, causing her lip to split and a black eye to appear, the court heard.

She was “terrified” by the incident and photographed her injuries to show her mother.

On March 11, 2020, the couple were in Edinburgh when McLean saw a photo of his girlfriend on social media together with a man she had previously dated at a time when she and McLean were not dating.

An “enraged” McLean reportedly pushed her over and “kept yelling at her and she begged him to stop.”

After getting up, the victim is said to have followed him and he “grabbed her wrist and pushed her back”.

McLean left and police were alerted to an “ongoing domestic incident”.

Officers arrived and found the woman crying and suffering from redness on her arm.

He also called her ab**** and as*** and sent her abusive text and social media messages

He also called her ab**** and as*** and sent her abusive text and social media messages

Glasgow Warriors and Scotland rugby union player Rufus McLean demanded passwords for her social media accounts and ran a

Glasgow Warriors and Scotland rugby union player Rufus McLean demanded passwords for her social media accounts and ran a “tracker” service on her phone so he knew where she was

McLean, who made his senior debut in Scotland against Tonga in October 2021, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for sentencing yesterday

McLean, who made his senior debut in Scotland against Tonga in October 2021, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court for sentencing yesterday

Iain Smith, defending himself, asked Sheriff Matthew Auchincloss to give McLean an “absolute discharge” – meaning he would have no criminal record.

Mr Smith said the Glasgow Warriors were due to have a disciplinary hearing today and the “impact could be serious”.

Sheriff Auchincloss has postponed the sentencing to next month so that a report can be prepared on McLean’s suitability for a project looking at male domestic violence behavior.

He said he would consider issuing a harassment order against McLean at the next hearing.

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