Six-week ban for Treviso prop

Date published: December 23 2014

Benetton Treviso prop Romulo Acosta has been suspended for six weeks for his indiscretion in Friday’s night’s big loss to Edinburgh.

There were ugly scenes 15 minutes from time at Murrayfield when Acosta threw trio of punches at a player on the ground, sparking a brawl that spread into the crowd.

Acosta was sent off as a result, while Edinburgh’s Grayso Hart escaped with just a yellow, and Acosta faced a disciplinary hearing this week to discover his fate.

The disciplinary committee, chaired by Rhian Williams (Wales) along with Simon Thomas and Aurwel Morgan (both Wales), having viewed footage of the incident and listened to representations made by and on behalf of the player, found that the incident was at the top end of the World Rugby/IRB sanctions for this type of offence, meriting a 10 week starting point.

In the absence of any aggravating factors and in light of several mitigating factors, including the player’s exemplary previous playing record, the disciplinary committee applied a 4 week reduction from the entry point and suspended the player from playing for 6 weeks.

After discounting the weeks in which the player is not due to play rugby, Romulo Acosta is free to resume playing from Monday, 16 February 2015 and has the right of appeal.