A European Rugby Champions Cup independent Appeal Committee has denied has Francois Steyn an appeal after the player was suspended.
Steyn was given a four-week suspension after he put in a dangerous tackle on Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton during European Rugby Champions Cup match in Dublin.
The European Rugby Champions Cup released a statement after the game:
“An independent Appeal Committee has decided to refuse an appeal by the Montpellier player, Francois Steyn, against the four-week suspension imposed on him by an independent Disciplinary Committee following his sending off during his club’s European Rugby Champions Cup, Round 5 match against Leinster Rugby at the RDS.
The Appeal Committee, consisting of Rod McKenzie (Scotland), Chairman, Roger Morris (Wales) and Simon Thomas (Wales), heard submissions by conference call today (Wednesday, 1 February 2017) from Montpellier’s legal representative, Christian Chevalier, from the Montpellier Chief Executive, Mathieu Charpentier, and from Francois Steyn.
At last month’s Disciplinary Hearing, the decision to send Steyn off was upheld as it was determined that he had committed a dangerous tackle on the Leinster outside-half, Johnny Sexton, which resulted in reckless contact with the head in contravention of Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous tackling.
To date, Steyn has been suspended for Montpellier’s Champions Cup, Round 6 match against Northampton Saints and for the TOP 14 match against Castres Olympique. He will remain suspended for the TOP 14 matches against Toulouse and Lyon, and will be free to play on Monday, 6 March 2017.”