RFU Disciplinary Hearing: Charles Watson
Charles Watson of Saracens appeared before an Independent Disciplinary Panel in London on Tuesday 8 October 2019 at 18.30. He was charged with kicking, contrary to Law 9.12.
The kick to Northampton RFC player Andrew Symons took place in the second half of the match between Northampton RFC and Saracens RFC on 6th October 2019.
Watson was given a four-week suspension by the panel, chaired by Richard Whittam QC, and is free to play from 8 November 2019.
Panel chair Richard Whittam QC said: “The panel accepted that this was an act of frustration by the player in trying to release his leg from being held by Northampton Saints 12.
“Contact was clearly made with the face of the Northampton player but the action was petulant rather than with any intent to cause injury. In this instance no injury was suffered and the Northampton player continued in the match after returning from the yellow card.
“The sanction table mandates a mid-range entry point where there is contact with the head, in this case that entry point is 8 weeks. The panel found no reason to go above that.
“The player accepted the charge, has no previous record and expressed remorse for his actions. In the circumstances the panel felt able to give the player the maximum mitigation of 50%.
“The panel note that whilst the yellow card awarded to Northampton Saints 12 was not brought before them for consideration, it is disappointing to see actions of this nature in the professional game.”
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