Ollie Hoskins of London Irish appeared before an independent disciplinary panel in London this evening (Tuesday 3 December 2019).
He was shown a red card by referee Wayne Barnes in the 40th minute of the match between Bristol Bears and London Irish on Sunday 1 December 2019 for dangerous play in a ruck or maul, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.20.
Hoskins accepted the charge and was given a one week suspension by the independent panel comprising Richard Whittam QC (chair) with Mark Langley and Chris Skaife. The player is free to play again on Tuesday 10 December 2019.
Independent panel chair Richard Whittam QC said: “The player pleaded guilty to the red card and accepted that contact was made above the line of the shoulders of the Bristol player. He did not accept that he had made contact with the head or neck area.
"The panel viewed the footage from a number of angles with the benefit of real time and slow motion. Having carefully analysed the footage, they were satisfied to the requisite standard that the contact was shoulder to shoulder. The Bristol player fell to ground as a result of a second tackle from London Irish 11 and not as a result of being cleared out by the player as first thought.
"The player accepted the red card, has a clean disciplinary record and apologised for his actions. He was allowed the full mitigation in this instance which reduced the suspension to one week.”