- Leicester forward handed three-week ban
- Incident took place in loss at Sale Sharks
Sione Kalamafoni of Leicester Tigers has been suspended for three weeks for striking an opponent.
Kalamafoni accepted the charge against him following his red card in the 56th minute of the match Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers on Friday 8 March 2019. Referee Matthew Carley sent off Kalamafoni for striking Sale Sharks' Josh Beaumont, contrary to Law 9.12
John Brennan sitting as sole judicial officer dealt with the case on papers in agreement with the club and the Rugby Football Union. Kalamafoni is free to play again on 16 April 2019, taking into account Leicester's upcoming fixtures.
Brennan said: “The player accepted that in attempting to clear the opposition player from the ruck, he had struck him making direct contact with his head. As such, the mandatory six week mid-range entry point was applied.
"There were no aggravating features and the player accepted the charge at the earliest opportunity, assisted the process and the judicial officer by providing details as requested, is of good character and showed remorse for his actions. He was therefore entitled to full mitigation.”
For background detail on panel members please click here.
For the 2018/2019 sanctions table effective from 1 August 2018 (RFU Regulation 19 Appendix 2) please click here.