Will Addison Banned Following Dangerous Tackle In Ulster’s Win Over Clermont
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Ulster fullback Will Addison has been suspended for four weeks after he was cited for a dangerous tackle on Clermont second row, Paul Jedrasiak, in their Champions Cup win over the French side last Friday.
Ireland international Addison was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, John Byett for tackling Jedrasiak in a dangerous manner in the 31st minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.13.
Law 9.13 Dangerous tackling
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.13 relating to dangerous tackling carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks.
An independent Disciplinary Committee consisting of Antony Davies (England), Chair, Val Toma (Romania) and Marcello d’Orey (Portugal), heard submissions and evidence from Addison, who did not accept the citing complaint, from the Ulster Rugby Chief Executive, Jonny Petrie, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.
The Committee upheld the citing complaint finding that Addison had made reckless contact with Jedrasiak’s head in attempting the tackle, and as dangerous tackles of this nature carry a mandatory mid-range sanction according to World Rugby’s regulations, six weeks was selected as the appropriate entry point.
Ulster's Will Addison cited for this tackle on Clermont's Paul Jedrasiak, who was forced off with a head injury as a result.
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Due to the player’s clear disciplinary record, the Committee reduced the sanction by two weeks before imposing a four-week suspension.
Addison is free to play on Monday, 23 December 2019, and both he and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.