Rebels back-row Liopeti Timani has been banned for four weeks for kicking an opponent during Saturday’s clash with the Brumbies in Melbourne.
The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee has accepted a guilty plea from Timani for contravening Law 10.4(m) Any other acts which are contrary to good sportsmanship, after he was cited during the Super Rugby match.
Timani has been suspended from all forms of the game for four weeks, up to and including Saturday 13 May 2017.
The incident occurred in the 26th minute of the match which the Rebels won 19-17 at AAMI Park.
The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Nigel Hampton (Chairman), Stefan Terblanche and Stephen Hardy assessed the case.
In his finding, Hampton ruled the following: "Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Michele Williams, the Foul Play Review Committee amended the citing to Law 10.4(m) Any other acts which are contrary to good sportsmanship."
"With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play, which involved an intentional, but glancing, strike to an opponent's head by the Player's leg, merited a mid range entry point of eight weeks.
However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player's excellent Judicial record, his on-field apology to the opposing player, his remorse and his early guilty plea, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 4 weeks."
"The player is therefore suspended for 4 weeks, up to and including Saturday 13 May 2017.”