Released on behalf of the RFU
Alemanno was shown a red card by referee Craig Maxwell Keys in the 16th minute of the match between Bristol Bears and Gloucester Rugby on Monday 17 May 2021. This was for a tip tackle, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.18.
Alemanno accepted the charge against him and was given a three week suspension by the independent disciplinary panel comprising Charles Cuthbert (Chair), Bobby Graham and Tony Wheat. He is free to play again on 15 June 2021.
The independent disciplinary panel said: “The Panel considered the written submissions from Gloucester Rugby and the RFU. Noting that tip tackles cases do not require a mandatory mid-range entry point (due to head contact already being a feature of the offending) the Panel considered that low end was the appropriate entry. The tackle was reckless not intentional, it had simply occurred as a result of poor tackle technique and there was no injury caused to the Bristol player.
"The player had accepted the charge at the earliest opportunity and has a clear disciplinary record. In addition he apologised to the Bristol player on-field and again off-field. In all of the circumstances, the Panel allowed the maximum mitigation of 50%.”
Matias Alemanno will miss the following Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches:
- 28 May | Gloucester Rugby v London Irish
- 5 June | Gloucester Rugby v Bath Rugby
- 12 June | Worcester Warriors v Gloucester Rugby