ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE RFU
Matt Banahan of Gloucester Rugby appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel last night (23 March 2021).
Banahan was shown a red card by referee Ian Tempest in the 69th minute of the match between Gloucester Rugby and Harlequins on Saturday 20 March. This was for a dangerous tackle, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.13 .
Matt Banahan accepted the charges. Banahan was given a three week suspension by the independent disciplinary panel comprising Philip Evans QC (chair) with Tony Wheat and Rob Vickerman. Banahan's free to play date will be determined in due course.
Independent disciplinary panel statement - Banahan: “The player accepted the charge of dangerous tackling. Having considered all matters set out in regulation 19.11.8 the panel concluded that this offence just remained within the mid-range entry point for sanction. The starting point is therefore 6 weeks. The player had no offences recorded for a significant period, he pleaded guilty to the charge and presented other positive mitigation to the panel. As a result of all of his mitigation the panel felt able to reduce his sanction to 3 weeks. The panel will consider when that suspension will be served once further updated medical evidence has been received.”