Southern Kings prop Pieter Scholtz faced a disciplinary hearing via video conference on Thursday and has been banned for three weeks for foul play.
A disciplinary committee met in Dublin to consider the citing against Scholtz which occurred against Edinburgh on Saturday, January 5.
The player was reported by the citing commissioner in charge for alleged infringement of Law 9.12 – A player must not physically abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes but is not limited to, contact with eye area.
The disciplinary committee comprising of Michael Coghlan (Chair), George Spotswood and Donal Courtney (All Ireland) concluded that the player had committed an act of foul play of contact to the eye area.
In upholding the citing complaint the disciplinary committee deemed that the offence merited a red card with a low-range entry point of four weeks. The panel did not find any aggravating factors and applied mitigation of one week in respect of the player’s admission of facts and his presentation at the hearing.
As a result, the player is banned for a period of three weeks and is free to play from midnight on Sunday, February 3.
The player was reminded of his right to appeal.