ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Shocking boot to face and 'disrespectful behaviour' results in top end ruling

BY Grant Constable  ·  Thursday Nov 14, 2019

Wasps Paolo Odogwu last night appeared before an independent disciplinary panel after he was red carded in the final minutes of their match against Sales Sharks last Friday night. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Odogwu jumped to catch a high ball and as is customary, he got his leg up in front of him but then, whether by instinct, malice or sheer recklessness, extended his leg in a kicking motion.

Unfortunately, the boot caught the face of Rohan Janse Van Rensburg in a very nasty way.

Referee Tom Foley had very little option, upon TMO consultation, but to red card Odogwu, despite there being just a minute left to play.

He was given a six week suspension by the independent panel and is free to play again on Tuesday 23 December 2019.

Independent panel chair Dan White said: “The panel did not accept the player’s explanation that his leg extended to assist his balance in the air and prevent him from falling backwards.

“The panel found that while he did not intentionally aim to make contact with the Sale player’s face, he did intend to use his outstretched leg to fend off a potential oncoming player and was reckless as to whether or not it made contact or caused injury. In this case the dangerous action of the player resulted in a minor injury to the Sale player.

ADVERTISEMENT

“In our opinion, this was nevertheless a top end entry point; his disrespectful behaviour to the referee and crowd, after receiving the red card, only served to reinforce our view. His behaviour reflected poorly on the player and the game as a whole.

“The player did accept the charge, has no prior disciplinary record, apologised for his actions and subsequent behaviour (both post-match, publicly on twitter and again at the hearing) and was therefore awarded full mitigation of 50%.”

You can see the incident in the highlights video below

Comments




Related Articles

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Fiji Drua player Lomani slapped with ban...

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    The sending off that rocked the Six Nations...

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Five of the best tries from the Investec Champions Cup

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    The dummy that sold the whole of Perth - including the cameraman

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Bayonne score 'one of the best tries you'll ever see' in latest match against Exeter

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Baloucoune shows Andy Farrell what he's missing as the winger tears through Harlequins defence

  • 31 WEEKS AGO

    Seriously impressive Courtney Lawes compilation released after England player calls time on international career

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Danny care binned for high tackle on Courtney Lawes

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Debate rages on after Maro Itoje sent to bin for high shot

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Fiji Drua player Lomani slapped with ban following elbow attack

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    The sending off that rocked the Six Nations opener

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Wrecking ball beats 10 players to score full length of the pitch try

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Danny care binned for high tackle on Courtney Lawes

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Wild start at Twickenham as Quins pull off another wonder-try

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Tickets now on sale as World XV set to face France in thrilling encounter

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    '60 metres, plus change' - massive drop goal stuns fans

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Referee makes 'tackle of the season' as he gets too close to the action

View All

Funnies

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Nick David unexpectedly shows up to semi final in full kit

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The worst camera angle in rugby history

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Louis Rees-Zammit's real reason for NFL move exposed

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    George Ford falls victim to the kickers curse

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Awesome scenes as Blitzbok fan throws down at the HSBC SVNS

View All

Amateur

  • 72 WEEKS AGO

    You Won’t See Many Better Than This Silky-Smooth Try From Llandovery RFC

  • 72 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes As Caldy RFC Hand Ealing First Championship Defeat Of The Season

  • 95 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 95 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 96 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

View All

Player Features

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Toulouse player ratings: "Does this Dupont fella ever take a day off?"

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Saracens new flyhalf orchestrates incredible victory for Crusaders over the Blues

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Exclusive: Jack Clement highlights Gloucester's mindset heading into Challenge Cup final

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Former World Rugby Player of the Year on bench as Champions Cup final squads are announced

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Ellis Genge responds after being ruled out of summer tour

View All