Glasgow lose banned Puafisi for play-offs

Date published: May 16 2016

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17:  A general view of a scrummage during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool three match between Northampton Saints and Glasgow Warriors at Franklin's Gardens on January 17, 2016 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Glasgow Warriors prop Sila Puafisi will miss the PRO12 play-offs after being handed a three-week suspension.

Puafisi appeared on Monday in Cardiff before an independent PRO12 Rugby Disciplinary Committee, having been red carded for striking an opponent with the head in contravention of Law 10.4(a) in the PRO12 match between Connacht and Glasgow Warriors at the Sportsground in Galway on Saturday, May 7.

Puafisi accepted that he had committed an act of foul play which had warranted the red card.

The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Rhian Williams, alongside Richard Cole and Simon Thomas (all from Wales), having viewed video footage of the incident, considered all of the other evidence and listened to representations from and on behalf of the player, found that Puafisi had committed an act of foul play, by recklessly striking an opponent with his head while clearing-out.

The Disciplinary Committee determined that the offending merited a lower-end entry point based on World Rugby’s scale of seriousness, which carries a four-week playing suspension.

The Disciplinary Committee determined that there were no aggravating factors in this case and applied a reduction of one week to recognise various mitigating factors. Puafisi was therefore suspended for three weeks.

Taking into account weeks in which Puafisi was not expected to play, he is suspended from playing rugby up to and including Sunday, June 12.

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