Here are the details of the independent disciplinary hearings following the Challenge Cup quarter-finals and the Continental Shield play-offs
Citing complaint – Josaia Raisuqe (Stade Francais Paris)
EPCR has received a citing complaint against the Stade Francais Paris wing, Josaia Raisuqe (No 11), following his club’s European Rugby Challenge Cup, quarter-final match against the Ospreys at the Principality Stadium on Sunday, 2 April 2017.
Raisuqe is alleged to have stamped on the Ospreys wing, Keelan Giles (No 14), in the 19th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (b). The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Alberto Recaldini (Italy).
Raisuqe was shown a yellow card following the incident by referee, Matthew Carley (England), and later in the match, was issued with a red card by the referee after being shown a second yellow card.
David Martin (Ireland), Chairman, John Carroll (Ireland) and Jean-Philippe Lachaume (France) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place in Paris tomorrow (Wednesday, 5 April.)
Law 10.4 (b) Stamping
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (b), stamping or trampling on an opponent, carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 12 to 52 weeks.
Red Card – Gabriel Conache (Timisoara Saracens)
The Timisoara Saracens wing, Gabriel Conache (No 11), was issued with a red card during his club’s European Rugby Continental Shield play-off match against Krasny Yar at the Rustavi Stadium, Tbilisi on Saturday, 1 April 2017.
Conache was sent off by referee, Sean Gallagher (Ireland), in the 75th minute of the match after he had been shown a second yellow card. The first yellow card was for a dangerous tackle on an opponent in contravention of Law 10.4 (e) and the second yellow card was for a late tackle on an opponent in contravention of Law 10.4 (f).
Roger Morris (Wales) has been appointed as the independent Judicial Officer and will consider the case by video conference on Thursday (6 April).
(i) Red Card
a) The case of any player sent off in European Rugby Champions Cup, Challenge Cup and Continental Shield matches shall be adjudicated by an independent Disciplinary Committee or an independent Judicial Officer as soon as is practicable.
b) Until the hearing the player is ineligible to play in any tournament.
(ii) Citing Commissioner
a) Citing Commissioners are appointed by EPCR for all European Rugby Champions Cup and 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.
(iii) Disciplinary Hearing
a) The independent Disciplinary Committee or independent Judicial Officer are chosen by the chairman of the independent Disciplinary Panel, Professor Lorne Crerar.
b) EPCR's Disciplinary Officer presents the case against the player.
c) If a decision is upheld, the Disciplinary Committee or Judicial Officer will be required to consider the appropriate sanction under World Rugby's sanctioning regime, which EPCR is obliged to follow. The seriousness of the player's actions will be first assessed in order to determine which of the three stipulated entry points (lower end, mid-range and top end) is the most appropriate.
d) The Disciplinary Committee or Judicial Officer 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 or Judicial Officer 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. Players are suspended on the basis that a one-week period of suspension would ordinarily result in a player missing one match. Suspensions take into account periods of inactivity (such as the close season), periods when a player is injured or otherwise not fit to play, and when a player is not available or not expected to play. Suspensions should also take into account any out-of-season matches which are not considered to be meaningful, or which are not close enough to the season to be a determining factor in a player’s future selection.
g) Both parties to the hearing (EPCR and the player) have the right to appeal decisions. Appeals must be lodged within three (3) working days of receiving the full written decision of the Disciplinary Committee or Judicial Officer.
h) The full written decision will be available on www.epcrugby.com/discipline/news.php 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