“le Coppe Europee degli altri”: Fabiani prende nove settimane di squalifica per il morso a Roux

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-13-49-37La commissione disciplinare dell’EPCR ha punito il tallonatore delle Zebre Rugby, Oliviero Fabiani, con nove settimane di squalifica per il morso al seconda linea di Connacht, Quinn Roux, durante il primo tempo della gara valida per il secondo turno di Champions Cup giocatasi domenica scorsa a Parma.

Il giocatore, quindi, sarà costretto a saltare la trasferta delle Zebre di venerdì, quando affronteranno Edinburgh Rugby al BT Murrayfield nel settimo turno di Guinness PRO12.

Per quanto riguarda le altre decisioni, il seconda linea di Brive, Johan Snyman, prende cinque settimane per placcaggio pericoloso su Tom Heathcote durante il match di sabato a Worcester, mentre Keith Earls, ala di Munster, viene punito con due settimane di squalifica per aver infranto la regola 10.4 (j) al 19′ della sfida contro i Glasgow Warriors (placcaggio irregolare su Fraser Brown).

Ecco il comunicato ufficiale emesso da EPCR in relazione alla squalifica di Fabiani:

The Zebre Rugby hooker, Oliviero Fabiani, has been suspended for nine weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in London today (Wednesday, 26 October 2016) arising from the European Rugby Champions Cup, Round 2 match between Zebre Rugby and Connacht Rugby.
 
Fabiani was sent off by referee, Mathieu Raynal (France), for biting the Connacht second row, Quinn Roux, in the 29th minute of the match at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in contravention of Law 10.4 (m).

Law 10.4 (m) Acts contrary to good sportsmanship
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (m), Biting of an opponent, carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 12 weeks; Mid-Range: 18 weeks; Top End: 24 to 208 weeks.

An independent Disciplinary Committee consisting of Antony Davies (England), Chairman, Jean-Noel Couraud (France) and Daniel White (England) heard evidence and submissions from Fabiani, who pleaded guilty to the offence, from Zebre Rugby representative, Ernesto Cavatorti, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.
 
In upholding the red card decision, the Committee found that the offence was at the mid-range of World Rugby’s sanctions and selected 18 weeks as the appropriate entry point.

The Committee then decided to reduce the sanction by the maximum of 50 per cent – nine weeks – due to Fabiani’s timely guilty plea, expression of remorse and clean disciplinary record before imposing a suspension of nine weeks.

Fabiani is free to play on Monday, 9 January 2017. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.”

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