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Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

Stuart Hogg apologises after red card challenge on Dan Biggar

By now you’ve probably seen the Stuart Hogg red card incident from Saturday. It was posted as part of the official match highlights, but for archive purposes, it’s up separately here now. Hogg has since apologised, details of which are below.

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The Scotland fullback was sent off by referee Jerome Garces for a clumsy challenge he made on Dan Biggar during Wales’ 51-3 win in Cardiff. Hogg first received a yellow card, but it was later switched to red when Garces saw the TV replays on the big screen.

Hogg has since admitted that he let his teammates down, and has issued a public apology.

“I would like to apologise to my teammates, the Scotland management and all Scotland supporters. I have said sorry to Dan Biggar and I have apologised to the referee,” said Hogg.

“I always try to play hard and fair and what happened was out of character for me. Once again, I am very sorry. I have let people down. I always try to play hard and fair and what happened was out of character for me. Once again, I am very sorry,” he added.

He is only the third Scotland player to ever be sent off in a Test match. The first was Nathan Hines against the USA in 2002, then Scott Murray against Wales in 2006.

DISCIPLINARY HEARING UPDATE:

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Hogg faced a disciplinary hearing in London today and has received a three-week ban.

The charge was amended to an act of foul play contrary to Law 10.4 (f) – Playing an opponent without the ball – which is a mid range (five weeks) offence.

This was reduced by two weeks for mitigating factors, including the player’s remorse for the incident both on the day of the match and subsequently through the media.

“I’m very sorry, I have let people down and apologise to my team-mates, the Scotland management and all Scotland supporters,” he told scottishrugby.org today. “I am disappointed to be missing three games but fully respect the committee’s decision.”

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