REBELS star Lopeti Timani has been banned for four weeks by the SANZAAR judiciary after kicking Rory Arnold in the Super Rugby win over the Brumbies.
Flanker Timani was given a yellow card for the incident in the 16th minute of the 19-17 win at AAMI Park on Saturday.
His leg appeared to make contact with Arnold’s head while he was on the ground and upon further review, the SANZAAR citing commissioner said the incident met the red card threshold for foul play.
“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Michele Williams, the Foul Play Review Committee amended the citing to Law 10.4(m),” said Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Nigel Hampton.
“Any other acts (not previously referred to) which are contrary to good sportsmanship.
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play, which involved an intentional, but glancing, strike to an opponent’s head by the Player’s leg, merited a mid range entry point of 8 weeks.
“However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s excellent Judicial record, his on-field apology to the opposing player, his remorse and his early guilty plea, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 4 weeks.
“The player is therefore suspended for 4 weeks, up to and including Saturday 13 May 2017.”
Originally published as Rebels star cops four week kicking ban
SOURCE: newsnow sport