Two-week suspension for Ledevedec

Date published: January 13 2016

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Bordeaux-Bègles second-row Julien Ledevedec has been suspended for two weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing on Wednesday.

The hearing arose from the Champions Cup rescheduled Round 1 match against Clermont last Friday.

Ledevedec was sent off by referee, Peter Fitzgibbon (Ireland), in the 51st minute of the match at Stade Chaban-Delmas for striking Clermont second-row Paul Jedasriak in contravention of Law 10.4 (a).

The independent Judicial Officer, Simon Thomas (Wales), heard evidence and submissions by video conference from Ledevedec, who pleaded guilty to the offence, from the Bordeaux-Begles Chief Executive, Olivier Brouzet, the Bordeaux-Begles Director of Rugby, Raphael Ibanez, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

In upholding the red card decision, the Judicial Officer found that Ledevedec had struck with the head, and determined that that offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and selected four weeks as the appropriate entry point.

He then reduced the sanction by the maximum of 50 per cent taking into account the player's guilty plea, expression of remorse and clean disciplinary record, before imposing a suspension of two weeks.

Ledevedec is free to play on Monday, 25 January 2016. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.

Meanwhile, Pau centre Jale Vatubua has been suspended for one week following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Paris.

Vatubua was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Eugene Ryan (Ireland), for charging dangerously into Castres full-back Geoffrey Palis in the 51st minute of the rescheduled Round 1 match at Stade du Hameau last Saturday.

The player was shown a yellow card by referee, Ian Davies (Wales), following the incident.

The independent Judicial Officer, Antony Davies (England), heard submissions and evidence from Vatubua, who pleaded guilty to the offence, from the Pau Director of Rugby, Simon Mannix, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

In upholding the citing complaint, the Judicial Officer decided that the offence warranted a red card. He determined that it was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and selected two weeks as the appropriate entry point.

He then reduced the sanction by the maximum of 50 per cent taking into account the player's guilty plea, expression of remorse, clean disciplinary record, and youth and inexperience, before imposing a suspension of one week.

Vatubua is free to play on Monday, 18 January 2016. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.

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