Three-week suspension for Slipper

Date published: May 5 2014

Reds prop James Slipper has been banned for three weeks for a foul committed in Friday's loss to the Blues in Auckland.

Reds prop James Slipper has been suspended for three weeks for a foul committed in Friday's loss to the Blues in Auckland.

SANZAR duty judicial officer Adam Casselden accepted a guilty plea from Slipper for contravening Law 10.4 (j) Lifting Tackle, after he was cited.

Slipper has been suspended from all forms of the game for three weeks up to and including 24 May 2014.

The incident occurred in the 35th minute of the match, which the Blues won 44-14 at Eden Park,when he tackled Peter Saili. The referee for the match, Nick Briant, reviewed the incident with the television match official and issued a yellow card for the incident.

In his finding, Casselden ruled the following: “After initially reviewing the video footage and Citing Commissioner's report, I heard submissions from the player's representatives, including his counsel Mark Martin and obtained their views of the incident. I then proceeded by establishing that the player accepted a breach for the cited offence and then identified the various factors involved in the incident.

“I considered the incident had an entry point in the low end range which starts at a four week suspension.

“I then added two weeks as a deterrent to send a message that this type of offending cannot be tolerated in the game due to the risk it poses to players.

“I also considered the player's upcoming schedule of games as required under the IRB regulations and was satisfied that the player was scheduled to play a club rugby match during the Reds' bye week in Round 15.

“Given the player's excellent disciplinary record, his good character and in recognition of his early plea of guilty I reduced the six week suspension to three weeks.

“Accordingly, the player is suspended from all forms of rugby up to and including Saturday, 24 May 2014.”