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Gareth Evans suspended after awkward red card on the sideline

BY Grant Constable  ·  Friday Nov 27, 2020

Gareth Evans of Ospreys Rugby has been banned for three weeks after a Disciplinary process took place yesterday (Wednesday, November 25) resulting from the red card he received during Round 7 of the Guinness PRO14.

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Evans was shown a red card during the game against Benetton Rugby on Sunday, November 22 at St Helen’s RFC in Swansea. Referee Andrew Brace referred to video footage and his TMO to make the sending off decision, despite Evans having left the field.

Evans took part in the disciplinary process for contravening under Law 9.20(a) – A player must not charge into a ruck or maul. Charging includes any contact made without binding onto another player in the ruck or maul.

He accepted that his actions were reckless and that the offence warranted a red card.

The incident was deemed a mid-range offence, which carries a six-week suspension. But his previous clean disciplinary record, acceptance of his actions, co-operation and remorse shown warranted application of a maximum (50 per cent) mitigation, bringing his ban to three weeks.

He will be free to play again from midnight on December 19, 2020.

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