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February 7 2011

RBS 6 Nations Press Release DISCIPLINARY UPDATE - CITINGS

RBS 6 Nations Press Release
DISCIPLINARY UPDATE - CITINGS
 Monday 7th February 2011


Two Italy players, one Italy “A” and one under 20 player, have been cited for alleged foul play in matches at the weekend. Francesco Minto, Italy “A” openside wing forward, has been cited for allegedly making contact with the eyes or eye area of an opponent in the match against Scotland “A” in Gala, on Friday evening and Italy under 20 centre, Giovanni Alberghini, has been cited for an alleged stamp to the face of an opponent in the match with Ireland under 20 in Parma, also on Friday evening.

Hearings for the two players will be held in front of two Six Nations independent disciplinary committees in London on Tuesday.

 

Disciplinary Hearings

All hearings, as a result of red cards issued or citings, will be conducted before an independent three-man Six Nations Disciplinary Committee chosen from the Six Nations Disciplinary Panel, generally on the Tuesday or Wednesday following the weekend to allow for any appeals to be heard before the next round of matches.

Anti-doping

As in previous years random drug testing will take place at RBS 6 Nations Senior, Under 20 and Women's Championship matches plus any "A" internationals being played.

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DISCIPLINARY UPDATE - MINTO & ALBERGHINI VERDICT
For immediate release: Tuesday 8th February 2011

Two separate disciplinary hearings were held in Heathrow, London today for two Italy players cited for incidents of foul play in matches at the first Six Nations weekend.

Francesco Minto, Italy ‘A’
openside wing-forward was suspended for 9 weeks by an independent Six Nations disciplinary committee, chaired by Antony Davies (England), also comprising Philip Orr (Ireland) and Jean-Philippe Lachaume (France).

The player had been cited by the independent Six Nations Citing Commissioner, Ken Pattinson (England), for making contact with the eyes or eye area of an opponent in the match versus Scotland ‘A’ at Galashiels on Friday.

In arriving at the sanction, the committee deemed the act of foul play to be at the low end entry point and allowed three weeks for various mitigating factors. As a result, Francesco Minto is free to resume playing after midnight on 11 April 2011.

Giovanni Alberghini, the Italy U20 centre
, was suspended from playing for 6 weeks, having pleaded guilty to an act of foul play in the match against Ireland U20 in Parma on Friday that left his opponent with a wound below his left eye that required stitches and would leave a permanent scar.

The player had been cited by the independent Six Nations Citing Commissioner at the match, Paul Minto (Scotland).

In arriving at their decision, the independent Six Nations Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Rod McKenzie (Scotland) and comprising Antony Davies (England) and Terry Vaux (Wales), considered that the act of foul play, a stamp to the head during a ruck, contrary to Law 10.4(b), merited a top-end entry point in the scale of IRB sanctions taking into account the reckless nature of the offending, the extent of the injury sustained by the Ireland player together with the vulnerability of the opponent but also took into account various mitigating factors including the player’s early admission of guilt and previous good disciplinary record. Giovanni Alberghini is free to resume playing after midnight on 20 March 2011.

Both players have the right of appeal.



Disciplinary Hearings

All hearings, as a result of red cards issued or citings, will be conducted before an independent three-man Six Nations Disciplinary Committee chosen from the Six Nations Disciplinary Panel, generally on the Tuesday or Wednesday following the weekend to allow for any appeals to be heard before the next round of matches.

Anti-doping

As in previous years random drug testing will take place at RBS 6 Nations Senior, Under 20 and Women's Championship matches plus any "A" internationals being played.

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