published on behalf of an independent Disciplinary Committee

HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP

Citing complaints – Alex Lozowski (Saracens)

EPCR has received two citing complaints against the Saracens centre, Alex Lozowski (No 13), arising from his club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 1 match against Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun on Sunday, 14 October 2018.

Regarding the first complaint, Lozowski is alleged to have committed an act of foul play by entering a ruck dangerously in the 15th minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.20.

The second complaint concerns an alleged dangerous tackle by Lozowski on the Glasgow Warriors full back, Ruaridh Jackson (No 15), in the 33rd minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.13.

David Martin (Ireland), Chair, Roger Morris (Wales) and Val Toma (Romania) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place in London this evening (Tuesday, 16 October).

The complaints were made by the match Citing Commissioner, Tim Lowry (Ireland).

Law 9.20 Dangerous play in a ruck or maul (without binding onto another player)
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.20 carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks.

Law 9.13 Dangerous tackling
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.13 carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks. 

 

Citing complaint – Manuel Carizza (Lyon)

EPCR has received a citing complaint against the Lyon replacement, Manuel Carizza (No 19), arising from his club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 1 match against Cardiff Blues at the Matmut Stadium de Gerland on Sunday, 14 October 2018.

Carizza is alleged to have struck the Cardiff Blues fly-half, Jarrod Evans (No 10), with his forearm in the 74th minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.12.

Sam Hillas (England) Chair, Donal Courtney (Ireland) and Tony Wheat (England) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place in Paris tomorrow (Wednesday, 17 October).

The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Shaun Gallagher (England).

Law 9.12 Striking with the arm
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.12 carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks. 

 

Citing complaint – Jerome Kaino (Toulouse)

EPCR has received a citing complaint against the Toulouse back row, Jerome Kaino (No 8), arising from his club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 1 match against Bath Rugby at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, 13 October 2018.

Kaino is alleged to have struck the Bath Rugby centre, Jamie Roberts (No 12), with his shoulder in the 39th minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.12. Kaino was shown a yellow card by referee, Andrew Brace (Ireland), following the incident.

Sam Hillas (England), Chair, Marcello d’Orey (Portugal) and Tony Wheat (England) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place in Paris tomorrow (Wednesday, 17 October).

The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Eugene Ryan (Ireland).

Law 9.12 Striking with the shoulder
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.12 carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks. 

 

Citing complaint – Lucas Pointud (Toulouse)

EPCR has received a citing complaint against the Toulouse prop, Lucas Pointud (No 1), arising from his club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 1 match against Bath Rugby at the Recreation Ground on Saturday, 13 October 2018.

Pointud is alleged to have struck the Bath Rugby prop, Nathan Catt (No 1), with his head in the 50h minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.12.

Pam Woodman (Scotland), Chair, John Greenwood (England) and Marcello d’Orey (Portugal) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place in Paris tomorrow (Wednesday, 17 October).

The complaint was made by the match Citing Commissioner, Eugene Ryan (Ireland).

Law 9.12 Striking with the head
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.12 carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 6 weeks; Mid-range: 10 weeks; Top end: 16 to 104 weeks. 

 

CHALLENGE CUP

Red card – Manu Leiataua (Perpignan)

The Perpignan hooker, Manu Leiataua (No 2), was issued with a red card during his club’s Challenge Cup, Round 1 match against Sale Sharks at the Stade Aimé Giral on Friday, 12 October 2018.

Leiataua was sent off by referee, Joy Neville (Ireland), in the 19th minute of the match for striking an opponent with his forearm in contravention of Law 9.12.

Pam Woodman (Scotland), Chair, John Greenwood (England) and Marcello d’Orey (Portugal) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place in Paris tomorrow (Wednesday, 17 October).

Law 9.12 Striking with the arm
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.12 carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks. 

 

Notes

(i) Red Cards
a) The case of any player sent off in Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup 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 Heineken 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, Mike Hamlin.
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 epcrugby.com/discipline/hearing-decisions when the disciplinary process is complete.
i) For World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, found at Appendix 1 to World Rugby Regulation 17, go to www.world.rugby/handbook/regulations/reg-17/appendix-1