Fraser Brown, the Scotland hooker, has been cited by the independent Citing Commissioner at Saturday's RBS 6 Nations match between England and Scotland at Twickenham. The cited offence, dangerous tackling, took place in the second minute of the match in which the cited player was yellow carded. The disciplinary hearing, before an independent Six Nations Disciplinary Committee of three, is scheduled for London on Tuesday 14 March.
The Scotland player,Fraser Brown, appeared today before an independent Disciplinary Committee, having been cited by an independent Citing Commissionerfor dangerously tackling an opposition player, during the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday, 11 March 2017. The playeraccepted that he had committed an act of foul play but argued that it had not warranted a red card.
The Disciplinary Committee, chaired byJean-Philippe Lachaume (France), alongside Rhian Williams (Wales) and David Martin (Ireland), having reviewed footage of the incident and all other evidence, as well as hearing submissions and testimony from the player and his representatives, considered the tackle to have been dangerous, and therefore contrary to Law 10.4(e). The Disciplinary Committee, however, found that the act of foul play would have not have warranted a red card, and so the citing complaint was not upheld and no sanction was imposed. (The Disciplinary Committee also considered whether or not the player, in carrying out the tackle, had infringed Law 10.4(j), but found that not all of the necessary elements for foul play under that law had been present). The player is therefore able to resume playing immediately.
All parties were reminded of their right to appeal.
Law 10.4(e) – A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously.
Law 10.4(j) - Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player's feet are still off the ground such that the player's head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.
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