Anae banned for three weeks

Date published: November 6 2014

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Treviso prop Albert Anae has been suspended for three weeks following his red card against Glasgow Warriors in the Pro12.

Treviso prop Albert Anae has been suspended for three weeks following his red card against Glasgow Warriors in the Pro12.

Anae appeared on Wednesday before an independent Pro12 disciplinary committee, following the red card issued to him for striking an opponent, under law 10.4(a), last Friday.

The disciplinary committee, chaired by Rhian Williams (Wales) along with Simon Thomas and Aurwel Morgan (both Wales), having viewed footage of the incident and listened to representations made by and on behalf of the player, found that the incident was at the mid-range of the IRB sanctions for this type of offence, carrying a five-week sanction.

In the absence of any aggravating factors and in light of several mitigating factors, including the player’s exemplary previous playing record, the disciplinary committee applied a two-week reduction from the entry point and suspended the player from playing for three weeks.

Anae is free to resume playing from Monday, 24 November 2014 and has the right of appeal.

Law 10.4(a): Punching or striking. A player must not strike an opponent with the fist or arm, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s).

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