Suspensions for Davies, Burleigh

Date published: December 14 2016

Scarlets flanker James Davies and Edinburgh centre Phil Burleigh have both been suspended following citings from last weekend.

Davies has been banned for three weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in London on Wednesday, arising from his club's Champions Cup Round 3 match against Toulon at Stade Felix Mayol.

Davies was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Steve Savage (England), for using foul and/or abusive language, and for making an obscene gesture during the first-half of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (m).

An independent disciplinary committee consisting of Rod McKenzie (Scotland), Chairman, Bonike Erinle (England) and John Doubleday (England) heard evidence and submissions from Davies, who pleaded guilty to the offence, from Scarlets Team Manager, Mark Taylor, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

In upholding the citing complaint, the committee found that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and selected four weeks as the appropriate entry point.

As the player had served a previous ban in 2014, the committee decided not to reduce the sanction by the maximum of 50 percent, but taking into account Davies' guilty plea and timely expression of remorse, it decided to reduce the sanction by one week before imposing a suspension of three weeks.

Davies is free to play on Monday, 2 January 2017. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.

Burleigh, has been suspended for one week following his independent Disciplinary Hearing in London on the same day arising from his club's Challenge Cup Round 3 match against Stade Français at Murrayfield.

Burleigh was sent off by referee, Craig Maxwell-Keys (England), for striking the Stade Français second-row, Pascal Papé, in the 55th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (a).

An independent Disciplinary Committee consisting of Simon Thomas (Wales), Chairman, Rhian Williams (Wales) and Marco Cordelli (Italy) heard evidence and submissions from Burleigh, who pleaded guilty to the offence, from the Edinburgh Chief Executive, Jonny Petrie, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

In upholding the red card decision, the Committee 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 Burleigh's clean disciplinary record, his guilty plea and expression of remorse, the Committee decided to reduce the sanction by the maximum of 50 per cent before imposing a one-week suspension.

Burleigh is free to play on Monday, 19 December. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.

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