HEINEKEN CHAMPIONS CUP  

Red Card – Rhys Carre (Saracens) 

The Saracens prop, Rhys Carre (No 1), was issued with a red card during his club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 5 match against the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, 11 January 2020. 

Carre was sent off by the referee, Alexandre Ruiz (France), in the 4th minute of the match for tackling the Ospreys full back, Dan Evans (No 15), in a dangerous manner in contravention of Law 9.13. 

Philippe Cavalieros (France), Chair, Donal Courtney (Ireland) and Yannick Jauzion (France), have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place tomorrow (Wednesday, 15 January) at the London office of Bird & Bird LLP. 

Law 9.13 Dangerous tackling  

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

 

Red Card – Zack Holmes (Toulouse) 

The Toulouse outside half, Zack Holmes, (No 10), was issued with a red card during his club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 5 match against Connacht Rugby at The Sportsground on Saturday, 11 January 2020. 

Holmes was sent off by the referee, Luke Pearce (England), in the 73rd minute of the match for tackling the Connacht full back, Tiernan O’Halloran (No 15), in a dangerous manner in contravention of Law 9.13. 

Jennifer Donovan (Ireland), Chair, Nigel Williams (Wales) and Antony Wheat (England), have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place tomorrow (Wednesday, 15 January) at the London office of Bird & Bird LLP. 

Law 9.13 Dangerous tackling  

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

Red Card – Valery Morozov (Sale Sharks) 

The Sale Sharks replacement prop, Valery Morozov (No 17), was issued with a red card during his club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 5 match against La Rochelle at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday, 10 January 2020. 

Morozov was sent off by the referee, Mike Adamson (Scotland), in the 65th minute of the match for striking the La Rochelle replacement, Lopeti Timani (No 19), with his shoulder in a dangerous manner in contravention of Law 9.12 

Pamela Woodman (Scotland), Chair, Nigel Williams (Wales) and Val Toma (Romania), have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place on Thursday (16 January) at the London office of Bird & Bird LLP. 

Law 9.12 Striking with the shoulder 

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

 

Citing complaintCallum Gibbins (Glasgow Warriors) 

EPCR has received a citing complaint against the Glasgow Warriors flanker, Callum Gibbins (No 7), arising from his club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 5 match against the Exeter Chiefs at Scotsoun on Saturday, 11 January 2020. 

Gibbins is alleged to have committed an act of foul play in that he struck the Exeter Chiefs flanker, Jacques Vermeulen (No 7), with his shoulder in a dangerous manner in the 25th minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.12. 

Philippe Cavalieros (France), Chair, Donal Courtney (Ireland) and Antony Wheat (England), have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place tomorrow (Wednesday, 15 January) at the London office of Bird & Bird LLP. 

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 relating to striking with the shoulder 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, 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 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 world.rugby