Toulouse loosehead prop Cyril Baille has been suspended for one week following an independent disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.
This follows an incident during his club’s European Champions Cup Round 3 match against Zebre at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma last weekend.
Baille was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Tim Lowry (Ireland), for pulling the Zebre tighthead prop Dario Chistolini out of a ruck by the neck when Chistolini did not have the ball.
This was in contravention of Law 10.4 (f). The incident occurred in the fourth minute of the match.
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (f), Holding, pushing or obstructing an opponent not holding the ball carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-Range: 4 weeks; Top End: 6 to 52 weeks
The independent Judicial Officer, Roger Morris (Wales), heard submissions by video conference from Baille, who pleaded guilty to the offence, as well as from the Toulouse Head Coach, Ugo Mola, and the Toulouse General Manager, Jean-Luc Brumont. He also heard evidence and submissions from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.
In upholding the citing complaint, the Judicial Officer found that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby’s sanctions and selected two weeks as the appropriate entry point.
Taking into account Baille’s clean disciplinary record, his guilty plea and expression of remorse, the Judicial Officer decided to reduce the sanction by the maximum of 50 per cent before imposing a one-week suspension.
Baille is free to play on Monday, 19 December. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.