The appeal by Alan Quinlan against his six-week suspension will be heard in Dublin on Wednesday, 3 January, 2007.

The appeal by the Munster player Alan Quinlan against his six-week suspension for stamping in the Round 4 Heineken Cup Pool 4 match against Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park on Saturday, 16 December, 2006 will be heard in Dublin on Wednesday, 3 January, 2007.

An independent Appeal Committee chaired by Rod McKenzie (Scotland) has been appointed to hear this matter. He will be joined on the committee by Matthew Lohn (England) and Robert Horner (England).


Quinlan’s suspension arose from a citing lodged by the Citing Commissioner for the match, Alan Mansell (England). The case against the Munster back row man was for an alleged stamping in contravention of Law 10.4 (b).


The case against Quinlan was heard on Wednesday, 20 December by an independent Disciplinary Committee comprising Christopher Quinlan (England), Bruce Reece-Russell (England) and Iain Goodall (Scotland).


The player admitted the offence and the Committee upheld the citing complaint before imposing the six-week suspension which is due to run up to, and including, 30 January, 2007.


NOTES TO EDITORS:


Independent Appeal Committee
a) The independent Appeal Committee is chosen by the Chairman of Discipline, Professor Lorne Crerar.
b) None of the members of the independent Disciplinary Committee who issued the decision being challenged in the appeal may sit on the independent Appeal Committee.
c) No member of the independent Appeal Committee may be chosen from a country whose club is a party to the original complaint.