Elliot Daly, the England winger who was red carded for his challenge in the air on Argentina number eight Leonardo Senatore, has been banned for three weeks.
Earlier today, Daly appeared before an independent World Rugby Disciplinary Committee, contravened Law 10.4 (i),in the fifth minute of the England v Argentina match at Twickenham on Saturday.
In a statement released on behalf of World Rugby, it states that:
“Mr Daly accepted that he had committed an act of foul play and that it warranted a red card. Accordingly, the Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Kathrine Mackie (Scotland), alongside Derek Bevan (Wales) and Hugo Southwell (Scotland), considered what would be the appropriate sanction.
“Having viewed video footage of the incident, listened to evidence and representations from and on behalf of the player, and reviewed all of the other evidence, the Disciplinary Committee found that Mr Daly had acted recklessly and that the offending merited a mid-range entry point based on World Rugby’s scale of seriousness, which carries a six-week playing suspension.
“The Disciplinary Committee further found that there were no aggravating factors and that there were a number of mitigating factors (including Mr Daly’s acknowledgement of wrongdoing, expression of remorse to the injured player and his good conduct at the hearing) such that his playing suspension be reduced by three weeks.”
Daly will therefore serve a ban of three weeks up to and including Sunday 18th December. No decision has yet been made on whether the player will appeal the ban.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena
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