Gibson-Park cleared to face Connacht

Gibson-Park cleared to face Connacht

Leinster scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park has been cleared to face Connacht in the second leg of the Champions Cup round of 16.

Gibson-Park's citing complaint has been dismissed following an independent Disciplinary Hearing by video conference.

Gibson-Park was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Maurizio Vancini (Italy), for allegedly tackling the Connacht Rugby scrum-half, Kieran Marmion, in a dangerous manner in the 56th minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.13.

Law 9.13 A player must not tackle an opponent dangerously

Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.13 relating to dangerous tackling carries the following sanction entry points - Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks.

The independent Disciplinary Committee comprising Philippe Cavalieros (France), chair, Yannick Jauzion (France) and Mitchell Read (England), considered video imagery of the incident and heard submissions from Gibson-Park, who did not accept that his act of foul play warranted a red card, from the player’s legal representative, Derek Hegarty, from the Leinster Rugby Head of Rugby Operations, Guy Easterby, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

While the committee determined that Gibson-Park had committed an act of foul play, it found that his action involved a low degree of force which did not warrant a red card. The citing complaint was therefore dismissed and Gibson-Park is free to play.

EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.


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