Three weeks for Taofifenua

Date published: October 30 2014

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Toulon second-row Romain Taofifenua has been suspended for three weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin.

Toulon second-row forward Romain Taofifenua has been suspended for three weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing on Thursday.

Taofifenua was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Peter Larter (England), for allegedly kicking Ulster inside centre, Stuart Olding, in the head during the 47th minute of the Pool 3 Champions Cup game at Kingspan Stadium in contravention of Law 10.4 (c).

“The independent Judicial Officer, Christopher Quinlan (England), heard evidence from Taofifenua, from RC Toulon’s legal representative, John O’Donnell SC, and from the tournament Disciplinary Officer,” read a statement from European Professional Club Rugby.

“In upholding the citing complaint, the Judicial Officer determined that the offence was reckless and warranted a red card, but that it was at the low end (four weeks) of the IRB sanctions for offences of this nature. As there were no aggravating factors, he reduced the suspension by one week due to the player’s good conduct during the hearing.

“Taofifenua is free to play on Monday, 17 November 2014. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.”

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