Farrell receives two-week ban

Date published: April 27 2016

England international and Saracens' Owen Farrell received a two-week ban for a dangerous tackle in the 24-17 semi-final win over Wasps at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

The Saracens pivot was cited after he contravened Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling of an opponent for an alleged dangerous hit on Wasps number nine Dan Robson in the 51st minute.

Farrell was yellow carded by referree Romain Poite for his transgression.

Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling of an opponent, under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (e), carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-Range: 6 weeks; Top End: 10 to 52 weeks

A Disciplinary Committee consisting of Simon Thomas (Wales), Chairman, Pat Barriscale (Ireland) and Antony Davies (England) heard evidence and submissions from Farrell, who did not accept that he committed an act of foul play, from Richard Smith QC, from England Defence Coach, Paul Gustard, and from Saracens Director of Rugby, Mark McCall.

The Committee also heard evidence and submissions from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

In upholding the citing complaint, the Committee found that Farrell had committed an act of foul playthat warranted a red card. 

It determined that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and selected two weeks as the appropriate entry point.

The Committee added one week to the sanction as a deterrent in line with World Rugby's memoranda regarding dangerous tackles, and then reduced the sanction by one week due to the player's clean disciplinary record, good character and excellent conduct at the hearing, before imposing a suspension of two weeks.

Farrell is free to play on May 9. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.