Ross Moriarty Handed Ban Following ‘Choke’ Tackle On Nicolas Sanchez


Wales international Ross Moriarty has been given a four-week suspension following his red card against Argentina last weekend.

Moriarty has since apologised for the incident in the final minutes of the game, that saw him get Argentine playmaker Nicolas Sanchez in a dangerous and aggressive chokehold.

The incident occurred right in front of the assistant referee, which prompted one of the Pumas’ medical staff to get involved as he pushed Moriarty in the face. Referee Jaco Peyper was given no choice but to show Moriarty a red, after referring the 82nd minute incident with the TMO.

The Independent Judicial Committee deemed the offence to be at the mid-range scale of seriousness, which has an entry point of six weeks. The committee added an extra week because of the aggravating factor that Moriarty did not desist from his actions on the direction of the assistant referee.

Mitigating factors, including the player’s immediate apology and disciplinary record, resulted in a deduction of three weeks and Moriarty was suspended for a period of four weeks.

The suspension, based on Moriarty’s playing schedule, will include pre-season matches and end after Dragons’ first match of the 2018-2019 Pro14 season.

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