Released on behalf of the RFU
Ollie Thorley was shown a red card by referee Matthew Carley in the 28th minute of the match between Wasps and Gloucester Rugby on Saturday 6 March. This was for a dangerous tackle, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.13 .
The player contested the charge but it was upheld by the independent disciplinary panel comprising Philip Evans QC (chair) with Tom Gilbart and Mitch Read, who gave him a four week suspension. He is free to play again on 6 April.
The independent disciplinary panel said: “Having considered all of the evidence alongside helpful and extensive submissions from both parties the panel decided that the red card issued by the referee should be upheld. Because this incident involved contact with the head, the panel was required by the regulations to impose at least a mid-range entry point of 6 weeks. The panel then applied the maximum amount of mitigation available, given the player had contested the red card."
Ollie Thorley will miss the following matches:
13 March | Gloucester Rugby v Leicester Tigers
20 March | Harlequins v Gloucester Rugby
26 March | Gloucester Rugby v Exeter Chiefs
2/3/4 April | Gloucester Rugby v La Rochelle (Champions Cup Round of 16)