Four-week ban for McCloskey

Date published: February 24 2015

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey has been given a four-week suspension after being found guilty of making a dangerous tackle against Edinburgh.

McCloskey appeared before an independent PRO12 Rugby Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday, following the red card he received in the second-half of the match on Friday, February 20. He was given his marching orders after lifting of an opponent to a vertical position in the process of clearing him from a ruck.

"The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Simon Thomas, along with Rhian Williams and Aurwel Morgan, having listened to representations by and on behalf of the player, viewed TV footage of the incident and asked questions of the referee, found that McCloskey had committed an act of foul play worthy of the red card and considered it to be at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions for this type of offence, carrying an entry-point of four weeks," read a PRO12 statement.

"The Committee added one week to reflect the need for a deterrent for this type of offence but reduced it by one week having noted the player's previous unblemished record, among other mitigating factors.

"Stuart McCloskey is suspended from playing for four weeks until midnight on Sunday 29 March 2015, taking into account a "down" week and has the right of appeal."