Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Joe Marler has gotten off pretty lightly for that head-kick against Grenoble

The Harlequins player, Joe Marler, has been suspended for two weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in London today (Wednesday, 27 April). Marler was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Iain Goodall (Scotland), for allegedly kicking the Grenoble hooker, Arnaud Heguy, in the 26th minute of the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at the Twickenham Stoop in contravention of Law 10.4 (c).

In upholding the citing complaint, the Committee found that Marler had committed an act of foul play that warranted a red card. It determined that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and selected four weeks as the appropriate entry point. 

In deciding to disregard the player's recent suspension as it was of an entirely different nature, the Committee then reduced the sanction by two weeks – 50% of the entry point – before imposing a suspension of two weeks. Marler is free to play on Monday, 9 May. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.