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Munster centre Sammy Arnold faced a Disciplinary Hearing today via a video conference and has been banned for three weeks.
A Disciplinary Panel convened in Neath to consider the red-card decision against the player resulting from the Round 12 fixture against Ulster Rugby on January 1, 2018. The player was shown a red card by referee Sean Gallagher under Law 10.4 (e) – Dangerous Tackling.
The Disciplinary Panel, comprising of Roger Morris (Chair), Nigel Williams and Owain Rhys James (all Wales), concluded that the actions merited a mid-range entry point as a player must not tackle above the line of shoulders, an act of foul play which carries a six-week suspension.
The ban was reduced after full mitigation of 50 per cent was applied having taken into account the player’s conduct throughout the hearing and his previously clean disciplinary record.
As a result, the player has been banned for a period of three weeks. He is free to play from Monday, January 22, meaning he will miss Munster’s PRO14 clash with Connacht as well as their European cup double-header against Racing 92 and Castres.