An independent Appeal Committee has dismissed an appeal by the Enisei-STM player, Dmitrii Gerasimov, against the nine-week suspension imposed on him by an independent Disciplinary Committee after he was cited for foul play during his club’s Challenge Cup, Round 2 match against the Dragons on 21 October 2017.

At last month’s hearing, the citing complaint was upheld at it was determined that Gerasimov struck the Dragons flanker, Ollie Griffiths, with his shoulder in contravention of Law 10.4 (a). Griffiths suffered a broken jaw as a result of the incident.

The independent Appeal Committee, which consisted of Simon Thomas (Wales), Chairman, Frank Hadden (Scotland) and Gareth Graham (England), reviewed the finding of foul play and the level of sanction in London today. The Committee heard submissions from Gerasimov’s legal representatives, Stephen Hornsby and Jonathan Cole, from Howard Thomas on behalf of the Russian Rugby Union, and from EPCR’s legal representative, Max Duthie.

The Committee was satisfied that both the finding of foul play and the level of sanction were reasonable and decided to dismiss the appeal. Therefore, Gerasimov’s suspension which takes into account meaningful matches remains in place and he is free to play on 13 January 2018.


Independent Appeal Committee
a) Following the decision(s) of an independent Disciplinary Committee and/or an independent Judicial Officer, all parties (the club, player(s), individuals and EPCR) have the right to appeal the decision(s).
b) The independent Appeal Committee is chosen by the Chairman of the independent Disciplinary Panel, Mike Hamlin.
c) Members of the independent Disciplinary Committee or the independent Judicial Officer who issued the decision(s) being challenged by the appeal may not sit on the independent Appeal Committee.
d) The full written decision of the Appeal Committee will be made available on at a later date when it has been completed and issued to all parties.