Socino cops two-week ban

Date published: October 12 2017

Juan Pablo Socino will miss Newcastle Falcons' European Challenge Cup games against Dragons and Bordeaux-Begles after receiving a two-week suspension at an RFU hearing on Wednesday night.

An RFU statement said:

Independent Citing Commissioner Peter Larter cited Socino for striking the head of Exeter Chiefs' Ian Whitton with his arm contrary to law 10.4(a). The incident occurred in the first minute of the second half of the match Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons on Saturday 7 October 2017.

Socino was found guilty by the panel. He was given a two-week suspension and is free to play again on 24 October 2017.

The chairman of the panel Antony Davies said: "The panel found this was a reckless act in which the player made contact with the opposition player's jaw with his forearm. In line with the new sanction table, this mandates a mid-range entry point . Thereafter the panel gave full credit for the player’s previous record, his good character (displayed both on-field in remaining with the injured player and at the hearing) and reduced the ban to two weeks."

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