Il centro di Edinburgh Rugby, Phil Burleigh, è stato squalificato per una settimana dalla commissione disciplinare indipendente radunatasi stamattina a Londra.
Durante l’udienza, a seguito del cartellino rosso rimediato sabato scorso per il colpo al volto a Pascal Papé, capitano dello Stade Français, il neozelandese ha ammesso di aver commesso il fatto e chiesto scusa; la sua buona condotta finora gli ha permesso di uscire dalla sala con la minima squalifica possibile.
Il centro tornerà a disposizione da lunedì 19 dicembre, in tempo per poter giocare la gara di andata della 1872 Scottish Cup contro i Glasgow Warriors, in programma nel Boxing Day (kick off 4.05pm).
Ecco il comunicato EPCR:
“The Edinburgh Rugby centre, Phil Burleigh, has been suspended for one week following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in London today (Wednesday, 14 December 2016) arising from his club’s European Rugby Challenge Cup Round 3 match against Stade Francais Paris at BT Murrayfield.
Burleigh was sent off by referee, Craig Maxwell-Keys (England), for striking the Stade Francais Paris second row, Pascal Papé, in the 55th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (a).
Law 10.4 (a) Striking
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (a), Striking a player with a hand, arm or fist carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-Range: 5 weeks; Top End: 8 to 52 weeks
An independent Disciplinary Committee consisting of Simon Thomas (Wales), Chairman, Rhian Williams (Wales) and Marco Cordelli (Italy) heard evidence and submissions from Burleigh, who pleaded guilty to the offence, from the Edinburgh Rugby Chief Executive, Jonny Petrie, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.
In upholding the red card decision, the Committee found that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby’s sanctions and selected two weeks as the appropriate entry point.
Taking into account Burleigh’s clean disciplinary record, his guilty plea and expression of remorse, the Committee decided to reduce the sanction by the maximum of 50 per cent before imposing a one-week suspension.
Burleigh is free to play on Monday, 19 December. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.