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Dylan Hartley facing hefty ban after red card for elbowing Matt Smith

Dylan Hartley facing hefty ban after red card for elbowing Matt Smith
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Dylan Hartley will find out on Tuesday if his England career is in doubt following a straight red card he received in Northampton Saints’ 23-19 win over Leicester Tigers this past weekend. Hartley struck Matt Smith with his elbow for his second red card in 18 months.

Hartley elbowed Smith in the face in Saturday’s Aviva Premiership clash, which will lead to a Rugby Football Union (RFU) disciplinary hearing early this week. The outcome of which could mean that Hartley may be out of the Six Nations with a hefty ban.

Missing the Championship would make it tough for him to force his way back into the squad for the Rugby World Cup, hosted in England.

“If you strike someone in the face you are liable to get yourself in trouble,” said Richard Cockerill, Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby.

Television Match Official Sean Davey convinced referee JP Doyle to reconsider, after he had initially ruled that a yellow card was sufficient punishment.

It’s not the first time that Hartley has found himself fall foul of the law. He has a fairly lengthy rap sheet, one that includes eye gouging in 2007, and more recently, a ban for swearing at referee Wayne Barnes in the 2013 Aviva Premiership Final.

While those have nothing to do with this incident, they will play against him come disciplinary hearing time, where past misdemeanors always play a role in determining the severity of the ban.

Northampton achieved a famous victory without Hartley, holding on despite being down to 14 men for a large majority of the match.

“Defensively, we were poor. We were too narrow, and it will be interesting when we have a look on Monday morning that one side with one less back can create opportunities in the wide channels against us. That’s not right,” Cockerill said.

We’ll find out soon what kind of sanction 28-year-old Saints skipper Hartley faces.

UPDATE: Hartley has been suspended for three weeks.

Hartley is banned until January 11, 2015. He can play again on January 12, 2015.

The Northampton Saints hooker pleaded guilty and the case was heard via conference call by Jeremy Summers, sitting as a sole Judicial Officer.

Summers said: “The sanction reflects the low end entry point of the offence, which carries a two-week tariff. The entry point was aggravated having regard to Dylan’s previous record and a week was taken off to reflect mitigating circumstances.

“As such the sanction reflects the player’s record rather than the seriousness of the offence itself.”

28 Comments

  • poldybloom3
    6:04 PM 05/01/2015

    Couldn't agree more with you ;he has been his own worst enemy but more importantly ,a liability to his teammates for years now .He's a very good player but his nasty side keeps getting the better of him and club and International coaches should put him on ultimatum :clean up or clear off . The same should be said about Delon Armitage a cheap shot expert who is a dreadful example to kids watching Rugby.

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  • tennesseean_87
    2:10 AM 03/01/2015

    I really hope the citing commissions get on top of the diving. They need to put really harsh bans on players who flop and nip that in the bud. Dive should be an automatic red card.

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  • danknapp
    8:56 PM 29/12/2014

    I'm going to assume the Christmas lull explains why this outstanding line didn't get more likes.

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  • danknapp
    8:54 PM 29/12/2014

    You win. Best comment of the year.

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  • drg
    8:44 PM 28/12/2014

    That incident made me rage!

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  • drg
    1:46 PM 27/12/2014

    I was very keen to see this video as I had heard about the incident and heard about the 'holding back'.. I'm actually a bit of an advocate for giving someone a shove, or semi strike for holding however this to me was another situation altogether. The whistle had gone... the game was on pause therefore being held just rolls into a bit of an irritant rather than a threat to your team etc. So in this instance I have to say "what a clown"... and come on, that was an elbow all day long, there was no way that was ever going to be a flailing arm and the elbow 'just so happened' to catch the player... the forearm extension after the initial contact was purely theatrics at that point! Bloke never seems to learn...

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  • themull
    12:18 PM 25/12/2014

    How does he continuously get picked for England is beyond me!. He has shown countless times that he is a liability and personally I dont think he would be worth the risk! It's not like he is a world class game breaker and its not like England have a shortage of decent hookers either..

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  • mozz87
    11:43 PM 24/12/2014

    Brilliant

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  • 45678
    8:32 PM 24/12/2014

    Connachtman, I don't think you realise your own contradiction here. Besides there's no one in the Irish side to perform a fish hook on Hartley now that ferris is in the knackers yard

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  • reality
    10:22 AM 24/12/2014

    I don't think the two things are mutually exclusive.

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  • mozz87
    8:48 PM 23/12/2014

    Smith's dive is pretty disappointing, and yet again we're all sitting here wishing the TMO would butt out and let the referee run the game as he sees fit. But also, yet again, we're all saying "Hartley again..." As a Northampton fan Hartley is a bit of a hero for us, but we do find our head in our hands too often...

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  • friedrich
    3:19 PM 23/12/2014

    Can someone do a double check on Harley's background ? I've heard conflicting accounts on him having royal blood or him being the product of severe inbreeding. Don't know which is true however. Someone knows ?

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  • eddie-g
    2:16 PM 23/12/2014

    Your post backs up 100% what Oliver is saying. This statement here: "he is an habitual offender against the laws of the game, and one for whom there needs to be a deterrent to combat a clear pattern of offending"; and this: "The player is without doubt an exceptionally talented individual, but he has an appalling disciplinary record". Word for word, that is relevant re. Hartley. I also want to point out about this: "And despite his high profile incidents, Hartley plays the game to the highest standards most of the time." That defence applies to every rugby villain on the planet.

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  • eddie-g
    2:05 PM 23/12/2014

    No, it's where the citing people decide something was not malicious but still warranted a red card. For example: http://www.rugbydump.com/2014/04/3672/jared-payne-banned-for-two-weeks-after-red-card-challenge-on-alex-goode I would bet plenty this will not be a low-end offence. Leave aside any mitigating factors and Matt Smith's RSC audition, Hartley aimed an elbow at an opponent's head. It wasn't a marginal red by any measure.

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  • jeri
    12:51 PM 23/12/2014

    Wrong side of ruck or not, this guy's gonna be the 16th man for every team that England plays against. Australian might just advance to the knockouts as of top of its pool.

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  • connachtman
    12:18 PM 23/12/2014

    I am really sick of this guy, do a search on Youtube and every video is of Hartley either elbowing, biting, punching, it goes on and on.... a complete toe rag. I hope he gets selected for England so he can be on the wrong side at the bottom of an Irish ruck..

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  • roryk
    5:15 AM 23/12/2014

    read the EPCR statement on Armitage "We considered the player's previous record and concluded that he is an habitual offender against the laws of the game, and one for whom there needs to be a deterrent to combat a clear pattern of offending, both on and off the field. "The player is without doubt an exceptionally talented individual, but he has an appalling disciplinary record, both on and off the field." Hartley may have his black marks on the field, but he's a great club captain and community member. charity, community support, youth support, being a general gent. And despite his high profile incidents, Hartley plays the game to the highest standards most of the time. That should answer your incredulity.

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  • 2:25 AM 23/12/2014

    Being held back is not a mitigating factor, it's nnoying but doesn't = an elbow to the face

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  • friedrich
    9:34 PM 22/12/2014

    Matt Smith should be handed a red as well. Shameful performance. U think he'd know better, but no. Brainless hump of muscle milking JP Doyle's udder. Disgusting creature polluting our once noble sport. Public humiliation and punishment is in order here.

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  • 10stonenumber10
    9:23 PM 22/12/2014

    Ashton has let himself go a bit...

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  • jimmy23
    8:20 PM 22/12/2014

    It's a shame because he's a good player, but clearly can't control himself. Think that should be his England career over, if not, it's his last chance. That being said, Matt Smith should be in contention for an oscar with that performance. Hopefully he gets a talking to for that.

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  • eddie-g
    7:26 PM 22/12/2014

    Low-end is usually reserved for unintentional contact - basically marginal red card offences. So I'd guess this will be a mid-range offence, I don't really see how this could be deemed unintentional.

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  • welshosprey
    7:20 PM 22/12/2014

    You would have thought he'd learnt his lesson after blowing his lions chances but nope.

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  • eddie-g
    7:15 PM 22/12/2014

    The Armitage suspension was so harsh I don't know how it will stand. Basically he got 12 weeks for swearing in front of kids - his first offence, of abusing a doping officer, that is a completely different level of seriousness. The second was poor off-field behaviour, deserving of a fine and a reprimand, but I don't see how 12 weeks is justified. So I would say that the Hartley decision needs to be looked at in the context of other repeat offenders whose bans have been seen as reasonable; I don't think you can look at the Armitage suspension and figure if Hartley is getting a fair deal.

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  • eddie-g
    6:51 PM 22/12/2014

    Think it is worth pointing out that this was a niggly match, there was quite a lot happening off the ball, most of it going unpunished. It was also an incident that definitely looks worse in slomo, there was only one outcome when the TMO got involved. That said, it was still a red. Hartley aimed an elbow at Smith, and connected him right in the chops. Surely he has to plead guilty, mitigating factor is that there had been provocation through the match. It wasn't the most vicious elbow or punch ever aimed at an opponent, but it was dumb and illegal and with his history, going to mean a good few weeks on the sidelines.

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  • friedrich
    6:33 PM 22/12/2014

    Not available . Mkay ?...

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  • marty
    6:32 PM 22/12/2014

    parfaitement daccord Oliver

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  • mort5000
    5:44 PM 22/12/2014

    Video not available or links to a removed source. Got any other copies/sources?

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