JWC 2013 Disciplinary hearing decisions

(IRB.COM) Friday 21 June 2013
 
 JWC 2013 Disciplinary hearing decisions
The IRB Junior World Championship trophy

Three players attended disciplinary hearings in Nantes after round four of the IRB Junior World Championship 2013.

Darren Sweetnam (Ireland)

Ireland player Darren Sweetnam appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Tim Gresson (New Zealand), in Nantes on Thursday 20 June, having been alternatively cited for a breach of Law 10.4(e) (tackling in a dangerous manner) or Law 10.4(j) of the Laws of the Game (lifting an opponent and dropping or driving him to the ground) in his side's IRB Junior World Championship match against France, played at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon on 18 June.

The player admitted the allegation under Law 10.4(e) in that he had tackled his opponent in a dangerous manner. He denied the allegation under 10.4(j). Having reviewed all the evidence the Judicial Officer concluded that the player should be sanctioned on the basis of a breach of Law 10.4(e). He determined the matter to fall within the mid range of sanctions for such offences which has an entry point of six weeks.

The Judicial Officer did not find there to be any aggravating factors. On account of the mitigating features found he reduced the entry point sanction by three weeks. In the context of the tournament this means the player will miss the remaining match of the tournament and taking into account his club's pre-season and competition commitments, is further suspended from 30 August to 6 September 2013 and from his club's first competitive match in September. He is free to play following this fixture. The Judicial Officer was satisfied that the player's pre-season match was meaningful.

The player has 48 hours from receipt of the written decision to appeal.

The full written decision is available here.

Mathew Peni (Samoa)


Samoa player Mathew Peni appeared before independent Judicial Officer, Tim Gresson (New Zealand), in Nantes on Thursday 20 June, having been cited for a breach of Law 10.4(i) of the Laws of the Game (tackling a jumper in the air) in his side's IRB Junior World Championship match against Fiji, played at Stade Pascal Laporte in Nantes on 18 June.

The player denied the allegation under Law 10.4(i). Having reviewed the evidence the Judicial Officer was satisfied that the momentum and velocity of the attacking player as he attempted to catch the high kick was the reason for him falling to the ground and concluded that the allegation of foul play on a balance of probabilities had not been established.

The player is therefore free to play.

The full written decision is available here.

Johan Aliouat (France)

France player Johan Aliouat appeared before the independent Judicial Officer, Simon Thomas (Wales), in Nantes on Friday 21 June in relation to an allegation that he had been guilty of an act contrary to good sportsmanship, namely contact with the eye or eye area, contrary to Law 10.4(m) of the Laws of the Game in his side's IRB Junior World Championship match against Ireland, played at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon on 18 June.

Having considered all of the evidence including match footage and testimony from the player and witnesses, the Judicial Officer concluded that the allegation was not proved on the balance of probabilities and accordingly the player was not guilty of the alleged act. He is free to play in the remaining match of the tournament.

The full written decision will follow.