European disciplinary decision – Alex Lozowski
Here is the disciplinary decision for Alex Lozowski from Round 1 of the Heineken Champions Cup.
Alex Lozowski suspended for two weeks
The Saracens centre, Alex Lozowski, has been suspended for two weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in London last night (Tuesday, 16 October) arising from his club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 1 match against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun.
Lozowski was cited for two acts of foul play by the match Citing Commissioner, Tim Lowry (Ireland), for dangerously entering a ruck and making contact with the Glasgow Warriors hooker, Fraser Brown, in the 15th minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.20, and for allegedly tackling the Glasgow Warriors full back, Ruaridh Jackson, dangerously in the 33rd minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.13.
Law 9.20 Dangerous play in a ruck or maul (without binding onto another player)
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.20 carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks
Law 9.13 Dangerous tackling
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.13 carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks
An independent Disciplinary Committee consisting of David Martin (Ireland), Chair, Roger Morris (Wales) and Val Toma (Romania), heard evidence from Lozowski, who pleaded not guilty to the offences, and also heard evidence and submissions from the player’s legal representative, Sam Jones, the Saracens Director of Rugby, Mark McCall, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan. The Saracens Team Manager, Warrick Lang, was also present.
In respect of the citing complaint concerning the alleged dangerous tackle, the Committee heard additional evidence by phone from Ruaridh Jackson and subsequently decided to dismiss the complaint on the basis that Lozowski had not committed an act of foul play.
In respect of the citing complaint concerning the incident at the ruck, the Committee upheld the complaint as it determined that Lozowski had committed an act of foul play that warranted a red card. It found that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby’s sanctions and two weeks was selected as the appropriate entry point.
Despite the fact that there were some mitigating factors, the Committee decided that in the absence of a guilty plea it could not reduce the sanction and a two-week suspension was imposed.
Lozowski is therefore free to play on Monday, 29 October. Both he and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.