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This is where the blood used in th rugby blood scandal was sold.
Location: 268 Lavender Hill, London, SW11 1LJ
Description: The 2009 Rugby Union bloodgate scandal surrounding Harlequins using false blood to fake injury - bought the blood here at Party Superstore in Clapham!
Dean Richards, the disgraced former Harlequins director of rugby, ordered club physio Steph Brennan to buy a packet of blood capsules from a Clapham joke shop to enable players to fake injuries, setting in motion a series of disastrous events that have ruined the club's image and his own career, the hearing in September 2009 was told.