European Professional Club Rugby | Continuation of Disciplinary Arbitration Decisions – 16th Round

European Professional Club Rugby |  Continuation of Disciplinary Arbitration Decisions - 16th Round

Here are the details of the disciplinary decisions regarding the second quarter of the Champions Cup Round 16 and the EPCR Challenge Cup Round 16.

Cup champions

Olly Chess was suspended for three weeks

Leicester Tigers’ third-ranked Olly Chessem has been suspended for three weeks following an independent disciplinary action in his club’s Champions Cup round against Champions League 16 second leg tie at Weliford Road in Matioli Woods.

In the 64th minute of the match, referee Andrew Brace (Ireland) sent off Chessam for a dangerous tackle in violation of Rule 9.13 by winger Samuel Ezela, who replaced ASM Clermont Overg.

Rule 9.13: A player must not confront an opponent in a dangerous manner.
Under World Rugby Restrictions, Penalties for foul play in violation of Rule 9.13 – Dangerous tackle – The following entry points – Minimum grade: 2 weeks; Intermediate degree: 6 weeks; Higher degree: 10 to 52 weeks.

The Independent Disciplinary Committee, consisting of Chairman Pamela Woodman (Scotland), Donald Courtney (Ireland) and Pat Barriskail (Ireland), watched video footage of the incident and heard statements from a player who did not approve of the red card decision. Representatives from John Shea, the player’s legal representative, Lee Jones, managing director of Leicester Tigers, and Liam McTeernan, EPCR disciplinary officer.

Chess made a dangerous contact tackle on Ezela’s head and found that his work deserved a red card, and the commission upheld the red card decision. They determined that the violation was within the medium grade of the World Rugby penalty schedule and therefore selected the six-week entry point.

In view of Chess’s clean disciplinary record, it was decided to offer a 50% discount to avoid circumstances due to the complexity of the incident, although the card decision was not accepted by the player. Red. The Commission therefore reduced the sanction to three weeks before granting the three-week suspension.

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So Chess can play again from Monday, May 9th. However, if he follows a special coaching workshop offered by World Rugby, he will be able to play again from Monday, May 2nd. The player and the EPCR have the right to appeal against the decision.

Disciplinary Hearing – Tom O Tool (Ulster Rugby)

Note that the independent disciplinary argument over Tom O’Toole receiving a red card in the Champions Cup Round 16 Round 2 match between Ulster Rugby and Stade Toulouse has been postponed to a later date.

EPCR Challenge Cup

Alex Craig has been suspended for three weeks

Gloucester rugby substitute Alex Craig has been suspended for three weeks following his club’s independent disciplinary action in the EPCR Challenge Cup Round of 16 tie against Northampton Saints at Kingshome Stadium.

In the 79th minute, Craig was sent off by referee Sam Grove White (Scotland) for headbutting Alex Coles, Northampton Saints’ second-place substitute, in violation of Rule 9.12.

Rule 9.12: A player must not strike the hand, arm, elbow or shoulder
Under World Rugby Restrictions, penalties for foul play in violation of Rule 9.12 include the following entry points: Minimum grade: 2 weeks; Intermediate degree: 6 weeks; Higher degree: 10 to 52 weeks.

Judicial Officer David Martin (Ireland) reviewed the case and upheld the red card decision. He determined that the breach was within the medium grade of the World Rugby penalty schedule and therefore chose the six-week entry point.

Since the player’s clean disciplinary record and Craig’s foul play entry deserved a red card, it was decided to give a full 50% discount. The Judicial Officer therefore reduced the leave to three weeks before granting the three-week suspension.

So Craig can play again from Monday, May 2nd. The player and the EPCR have the right to appeal against the decision.

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Ratings

(i) Red cards
a) The cases of players who have been eliminated from the Champions Cup or the EPCR Challenge Cup will be investigated as soon as possible by an independent disciplinary committee or an independent judicial officer.
B) Until the disciplinary hearing is heard, the player concerned shall not participate in any match.
(ii) Sitting Commissioner
a) The EPCR appoints a Sighting Commissioner for each Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup match, and in the opinion of the Sighting Commissioner, the citation has the power to cite a player for any bad game that deserves a red card.
b) For these matches, clubs are not authorized to name a player, but an event may be reported to the sitting commissioner within 26 hours of the start of the match.
c) The sitting commissioner has 50 hours from the start of the competition to file his quotation. In exceptional circumstances, this period may be extended.
D) The disciplinary officer shall forward the quote to a quoting officer who will determine whether there are sufficient grounds to call a player for disciplinary action.
E) The disciplinary officer will file a case against the player.
(iii) Disciplinary hearing
a) The Independent Disciplinary Panel or Independent Judicial Officer is elected by Mike Hamlin, Chairman of the Independent Disciplinary Committee.
b) The EPCR disciplinary officer prosecutes the player.
c) If the decision is upheld, the disciplinary committee or the judicial officer will decide on the appropriate sanction. According to the World Rugby Penalty Scale to be monitored by the EPCR, the Judicial Officer will first assess the seriousness of the player’s performance and determine which of the three entry points (Low Degree, Medium Degree and High Degree) is appropriate.
d) The disciplinary committee or judicial officer will evaluate several aspects of the player’s gesture and determine the appropriate entry point, i.e. whether the gesture was intentional, whether it caused an injury, or whether it affected the game.
E) After determining the point of entry, the Disciplinary Committee or the Judicial Officer shall decide whether to extend the period of suspension from the point of entry to reflect specific aggravating factors such as bad discipline. Reduce suspension at the entry stage due to mitigation factors such as a good disciplinary record or the player’s behavior during the hearing and the fact that he or she is repenting.
f) Suspension is a systematic ban on playing rugby union anywhere in the world. Players are usually suspended on the assumption that a period of one week will result in a player missing a game. Suspensions take into account periods of inactivity (such as off-season), periods when a player is injured or unfit to play, and periods when a player is unavailable or unavailable. To make a player’s future choice crucial, suspensions should be considered for any off-season games that are not considered important or close to the start of the season.
g) Both parties (EPCR and the player) participating in the hearing have the right to appeal against the decision in an independent disciplinary case. The appellant must do so within three (3) working days of receiving written notice of the decision of the disciplinary committee or judicial officer.
h) The full decision will be available at www.epcrugby.com upon completion of the disciplinary proceedings.
i) For the World Rugby Penalty Schedule for foul play mentioned in Appendix 1 of World Rugby Rule 17, go to www.world.rugby/organization/governance/regulations/reg-17/appendix-1

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