Saturday 17 August 2019

Blow for Munster as citing commissioner rules van den Heever out of opening Champions Cup fixtures

Gerhard van den Heever is tackled by Jamie Cudmore in European action
Gerhard van den Heever is tackled by Jamie Cudmore in European action Newsdesk Newsdesk

Munster head coach Anthony Foley will have to plan without winger Gerhard van den Heever after he was handed a two week ban for a dangerous tackle in the narrow victory over Edinburgh.

Accompanied by team manager Niall O'Donovan, the South African appeared before an independent PRO12 Rugby disciplinary committee in Cardiff today, having been cited by the independent citing commissioner for an alleged dangerous tackle in last Saturday's win over Edinburgh.

Van den Heever did not accept that he had committed an act of foul play, but the Disciplinary Committee, having viewed video footage of the incident, listened to evidence and representations from and on behalf of the player, and reviewed all of the other evidence, found that the player had committed an act of foul play, and went on to find that the foul play had warranted a red card.

They found that there were no aggravating factors and that there were a number of mitigating factors such that his suspension be reduced by one week meaning van den Heever is therefore suspended for a total of two weeks, up to and including Sunday, 22 November 2015.

It means he will miss Saturday's Champions Cup opener at home to Treviso as well as the visit to Stade Francais the following weekend.

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