Another suspension was announced today as Argentina prop Enrique Pieretto has been handed a 7-week ban after he was red carded for stamping on the face of England prop Joe Marler at Twickenham last weekend. Marler was shown yellow for holding him.
Pieretto appeared before an independent disciplinary committee after contravening Law 10.4(b).
He accepted that he had committed an act of foul play, but felt that it did not warrant a red card.
The panel, chaired by Sheriff Kathrine Mackie (Scotland), alongside Graham Quinn (Ireland) and Neil Hennessy (Wales), 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 Mr Pieretto had committed an act of foul play and that it had actually warranted a red card.
They determined that Mr Pieretto’s actions had been intentional and merited a top-end entry point based on World Rugby’s scale of seriousness, which carries a nine-week playing suspension.
They further determined that ‘there were no aggravating factors and that there were some mitigating factors such that his playing suspension be reduced by two weeks’.
Pieretto was therefore suspended from playing rugby for a total of seven weeks.
Due to his playing schedule, with a break until early February next year, he is free to play again on Monday 20 March, 2017.