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Disciplinary Decision: Taufa’ao Filise

Adam Redmond

6 Dec 2017

Taufa’ao Filise of Cardiff Blues faced a Disciplinary Hearing today via a video conference and has been banned for three weeks.

A Disciplinary Panel convened in Dublin to consider the red-card decision against the player resulting from the Round 10 fixture against Glasgow Warriors on December 1, 2017.

The player was shown a red card by referee Nigel Owens under Law 10.4 (e) – A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously.

The Disciplinary Panel, comprising of Jennifer Donovan (Chair), Michael Coghlan and John Carroll (all Ireland), concluded that the player’s actions merited a mid-range entry point which carries a suspension of six weeks.

The Panel considered the player’s clean disciplinary record, his admission of guilt and good conduct throughout the process and applied the mitigation of 50 per cent, the maximum amount allowed under World Rugby’s Disciplinary Regulations.

As a result, the ban was reduced to three weeks.

The player is available to play from Wednesday, December 27, 2017 and was reminded of his right to appeal.