Dominic Robertson-McCoy of Connacht Rugby faced a Disciplinary Hearing today via a video conference and has been banned for six weeks.
A Disciplinary Panel convened in Edinburgh to consider the red-card decision against the player resulting from the Round 5 fixture against Leinster on September 29, 2018.
The player was shown a red card by referee John Lacey under Law 9.12 – A player must not physically or verbally abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to, biting, punching, contact with the eye or eye area, striking with any part of the arm (including stiff-arm tackles), shoulder, head or knee(s), stamping, trampling, tripping or kicking.
The Disciplinary Panel, comprising Kathrine Mackie (Chair), Beth Dickens and Robert Milligan QC, (all Scotland), considered all the circumstances. The player admitted committing an act of foul play by stamping on the neck and conceded that the referee’s decision to issue a red card was not wrong. The panel determined that the act of foul play warranted a top end entry point of 12 weeks.
The Panel also considered the player’s previous clean disciplinary record, his early and full acknowledgement of his actions and the remorse he expressed and concluded that full mitigation of 50 per cent should be applied.
As a result, the player has been banned for a period of six weeks. He is free to play from midnight Sunday, November 18.
The player was reminded of his right to appeal.
For a full list of sanctions please visit: https://www.worldrugby.org/handbook/regulations/reg-17/appendix-1?lang=en