Quins director of rugby Dean Richards actually fell on his sword before being shown the door in the biggest scandal to hit rugby in the UK since it went professional.
Richards took responsibility for the plot to fake a blood injury for winger Tom Williams using a blood capsule.
The move was designed to get fly-half Nick Evans back on the field for the "bleeding" Williams after having already been replaced in order to try and kick the winning points in their Heineken Cup quarter-final clash with Leinster.
Evans couldn’t manage it and Quins lost the match, but they would go on to lose a whole lot more when the scam was unraveled.
Richards, the club physiotherapist Steph Brennan (who bought the capsule from a Clapham joke shop) and club doctor Wendy Chapman (who cut Williams’ lip after the game to cover up the ruse) were all found guilty of their involvement and left the club.
Brennan subsequently overturned a decision to have him struck off, while Chapman was suspended by the General Medical Council but avoided being struck off.
Williams' initial 12-month ban was reduced to four after he helped investigators to uncover the deception.
Richards was handed a three-year ban by the European governing body and is now back as boss at Newcastle Falcons.