Monday 18 December 2017

Leinster's Cian Healy hit with two-week ban for striking

Cian Healy has been banned for striking Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado
Cian Healy has been banned for striking Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado

Leinster prop Cian Healy has been suspended for two weeks following an independent disciplinary hearing in London on Thursday.

Healy was cited by match citing commissioner John Byett for striking Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado with his knee during Leinster's European Rugby Champions Cup clash on December 13.

Healy pleaded not guilty to the offence of striking and independent judicial officer Jeremy Summers heard submissions from the player, Leinster's head of rugby operations Guy Easterby, the club's legal representative Derek Hegarty and from European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) disciplinary officer Liam McTiernan.

In upholding the citing complaint, Summers decided Healy had committed a reckless act of foul play and found that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions.

He selected a three-week ban and then reduced the sanction by one week taking into account the player's good character and good conduct during the hearing.

Healy is free to play on Monday, January 11 and both he and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.

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