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Update – Disciplinary Hearings

Please see below for further information regarding the citing complaints received by EPCR following the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup semi-finals.

OWEN FARRELL (Saracens)

Owen Farrell has been cited for an alleged dangerous tackle on the Wasps scrum-half, Dan Robson (No 9), in the 51st minute of the Saracens v Wasps Champions Cup semi-final at the Madejski Stadium in contravention of Law 10.4 (e). The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Stefano Marrama (Italy).

Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling of an opponent
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (e), carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-Range: 6 weeks; Top End: 10 to 52 weeks

Simon Thomas (Wales), Chairman, Pat Barriscale (Ireland) and Antony Davies (England) have been appointed to sit as a Disciplinary Committee to hear the complaint. The hearing will take place in London tomorrow (Wednesday, 26 April).

SIMON McINTYRE (Wasps)

Simon McIntyre has been cited for allegedly kicking the Saracens second row, Maro Itoje (No 4), in the 69th minute of the Saracens v Wasps Champions Cup semi-final at the Madejski Stadium in contravention of Law 10.4 (c). The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Stefano Marrama (Italy).

Law 10.4 (c) Kicking an opponent
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (c), carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 4 weeks; Mid-Range: 8 weeks; Top End: 12 to 52 weeks

Pat Barriscale (Ireland), Chairman, Roger Morris (Wales) and Julien Berenger (France) have been appointed to sit as a Disciplinary Committee to hear the complaint. The hearing will take place in London tomorrow (Wednesday, 26 April).

JOE MARLER (Harlequins)

Joe Marler has been cited for allegedly kicking the Grenoble hooker, Arnaud Heguy (No 2), in the 26th minute of the Harlequins v Grenoble Challenge Cup semi-final at The Twickenham Stoop in contravention of Law 10.4 (c). The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Iain Goodall (Scotland).

Law 10.4 (c) Kicking an opponent
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (c), carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 4 weeks; Mid-Range: 8 weeks; Top End: 12 to 52 weeks

Roger Morris (Wales), Chairman, Simon Thomas (Wales) and Kathrine Mackie (Scotland) have been appointed to sit as a Disciplinary Committee to hear the complaint. The hearing will take place in London tomorrow (Wednesday, 26 April).

Notes

(i) Citing Commissioner
a) Citing Commissioners are appointed by EPCR for all European Rugby Champions Cup and all televised Challenge Cup matches and shall be entitled to cite a player for any act or acts of Foul Play that in the Citing Commissioner's opinion warranted a red card.
b) For such matches, clubs will not have the power to cite a player but may refer incidents to the Citing Commissioner within 26 hours of the start of the match.
c) The Citing Commissioner will have 50 hours from the start of the match to make a citing. In certain circumstances this deadline can be extended.
d) The tournament Disciplinary Officer may forward the submitted citing to a Citing Officer to determine whether there are sufficient grounds for the citing to progress.
e) The Disciplinary Officer will then bring a charge against the cited player.
(ii) Disciplinary Hearing
a) A Disciplinary Committee is chosen by the chairman of the independent Disciplinary Panel, Professor Lorne Crerar.
b) The tournament Disciplinary Officer presents the case against the player.
c) If a citing complaint is upheld, the Disciplinary Committee will be required to consider the appropriate sanction. Under World Rugby's sanctioning regime, which EPCR is obliged to follow, the Disciplinary Committee will first assess the seriousness of the player's actions and determine which of the three stipulated entry points (lower end, mid range and top end) is the most appropriate.
d) The Disciplinary Committee will determine the appropriate entry point based on an assessment of a number of particular characteristics of the player's actions, including whether or not they were intentional, whether or not they caused any injuries and whether or not they had any effect on the relevant match.
e) After deciding the entry point, the Disciplinary Committee will then consider whether the suspension should be increased from the entry point to take account of certain specified aggravating factors, such as a poor disciplinary record or the need for deterrence, and/or decreased from the entry point to take account of certain specified mitigating actions, such as a guilty plea, a good disciplinary record, the player's conduct at the hearing and expressions of remorse.
f) A suspension is a blanket ban from playing rugby union anywhere in the world.
g) Both parties to the hearing (EPCR and the player) have the right to appeal decisions of the independent Disciplinary Hearing. Appeals must be lodged within three (3) working days of receiving the full written decision of the Judicial Officer.
h) The full written decision of the Disciplinary Committee will be available on www.epcrugby.com/discipline/decisions when the disciplinary process is complete
i) For World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, found at Appendix 1 to World Rugby Regulation 17, please go to www.worldrugby.org

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