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Disciplinary Decisions: Meyer & Berghan

Johan Meyer (Zebre Rugby Club) – One week

Johan Meyer of Zebre Rugby Club faced a Disciplinary Hearing today via video conference and has been banned for one week.

A Disciplinary Hearing Committee convened in Dublin to consider the red-card decision against the player resulting from the Guinness PRO14 Round 11 fixture against Benetton Rugby on December 23, 2017.

The player was shown a red card by referee Marius Mitrea under Law 10.4 (c) – Kicking. A player must not kick an opponent.

The Hearing Committee, comprising of Michael Coghlan (Chair), George Spotswood & Donal Courtney (all Ireland), concluded that the Player’s actions merited a red card pursuant to a breach of Law 10.4 (c) – Kicking.

The entry point was considered low-end, which carries a four-week suspension.

The Player’s clean record throughout his professional career until the present incident of itself merited a reduction of 50 per cent. Moreover, there was provocation on the part of the victim player, however, notwithstanding this the retaliation was restrained to the extent that the kick was not one of such velocity as was likely to cause injury.

The Committee also took into account the letter of the recommendation from the victim player (Benetton No 5, Dean Budd) as regards the incident.

Notwithstanding the full mitigation to be applied (50 per cent) the Committee considered a two-week suspension to be disproportionate and duly reduced the sanction to one week.

As a result, the Player is free to play from midnight on December 31, 2017.

The player was reminded of his right to appeal.

 

Simon Berghan (Edinburgh Rugby) – Six weeks

Simon Berghan of Edinburgh Rugby faced a Disciplinary Hearing today via video conference and has been banned for six weeks.

A Disciplinary Hearing Committee convened in Dublin to consider the red-card decision against the player resulting from the Guinness PRO14 Round 11 fixture against Glasgow Warriors on December 23, 2017.

The player was shown a red card by referee Frank Murphy card under Law 10.4 (b) – Stamping or trampling. A player must not stamp or trample on an opponent.

The Hearing Committee, comprising of Michael Coghlan (Chair), George Spotswood & Donal Courtney (all Ireland), concluded that the player’s actions merited a red card which warranted a high-end entry point, which carries a 12-week suspension.

The Committee concluded the Player was guilty of a stamping movement whereby the boot made contact with the head of a player who was vulnerable at the point of the incident.

This is a World Rugby mandated high-end entry point of 12 weeks. The Committee took into account the good record of the Player, his apology to the victim player, the fact that no serious injury had occurred and the manner in which he and his club met the case.

The Committee thus applied the maximum mitigation of 50 per cent (six weeks). As a result, the player has been banned for a period of six weeks. He is free to play from midnight on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

The player was reminded of his right to appeal.