Filise banned for three weeks

Date published: December 7 2017

Cardiff Blues prop Taufa’ao Filise has been banned for three weeks after being sent-off in their 40-16 defeat to Glasgow Warriors.

The Welsh region had led 13-7 in the PRO14 encounter when Filise was deemed to have tackled George Turner dangerously.

Referee Nigel Owens controversially red carded the tighthead and, following a disciplinary hearing, the panel decided to ban the Cardiff player for three weeks.

Filise will therefore be available to play from December 27, although he can appeal the suspension.

A PRO14 statement said: “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.”

 


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