Will Addison has been suspended for four weeks after being cited following a tackle on Clermont Auvergne’s Paul Jedrasiak in Round 2 of the Heineken Champions Cup.
The Ulster full-back was cited by the match Citing Commissioner John Byett for a tackle on the second-row forward that was deemed to be done in a dangerous manner.
The Irish international was suspended following an Independent Disciplinary Hearing in London arising from the second-round game at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday night.
Addison is adjudged to have committed the offence in contravention of Law 9.13.
The Law states:
“Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.13 relating to dangerous tackling carries the following sanction entry points ‘ Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks.”
Addison did not accept the citing complaint originally and was placed in front of the Independent Disciplinary Committee where he gave submissions and evidence to help fight his case alongside Ulster Rugby CEO Jonny Petrie.
However, the Committee upheld the citing complaint finding that Addison had made reckless contact with Jedrasiak’s head in attempting the tackle and as dangerous tackles of this nature carry a mandatory mid-range sanction according to World Rugby’s regulations, six weeks was seen as an appropriate punishment.
Addison’s exemplary discipline record helped reduce the sanction by two weeks meaning he will be free to play again on Monday, 23 December 2019.
Both Addison and the EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.