Wednesday 25 April 2018

Munster's Sam Arnold handed a three week ban after his red card against Ulster

Sam Arnold of Munster is shown a red card
Sam Arnold of Munster is shown a red card

Munster's Sam Arnold will miss his side's Champions Cup games against Racing and Castres after he was handed a three-game ban following his red card against Ulster.

Arnold was shown a red card by referee Sean Gallagher for a dangerous tackle on Christian Lealiifano, with his exit sparking a dramatic revival for Ulster in a game they eventually won 24-17 after trailing 17-0 at half-time.

This report was released after the hearing:

"The Disciplinary Panel, comprising of Roger Morris (Chair), Nigel Williams and Owain Rhys James (all Wales), concluded that the actions merited a mid-range entry point as a player must not tackle above the line of shoulders, an act of foul play which carries a six-week suspension.

"The ban was reduced after full mitigation of 50 per cent was applied having taken into account the player’s conduct throughout the hearing and his previously clean disciplinary record.

"As a result, the player has been banned for a period of three weeks. He is free to play from Monday, January 22."

Arnold could appeal against the ban in the coming days.

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