Sale take the law into their own hands

Sale Sharks have banned fly-half Daniel Larrechea for three weeks after he was cited over an incident in the Heineken Cup match with Ospreys.

Larrechea was cited after Sale’s 18-7 home defeat by the Ospreys in Heineken Cup Pool Three which ended the Guinness Premiership champions’ hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

Sale reviewed TV coverage of the match and interviewed Larrechea over the allegations contained in the citing under law 10.4 (k) – acts contrary to good sportsmanship – which incorporates spitting, leading with a head into the face of an opponent and handling an opponent’s face.

A Sale statement read: “As a club we take a very dim view of ill discipline on the field and actions of this type are dealt with using due course of action under IRB sanction recommendation.

“We do, however, give the player the right of defence using a representative if necessary. Daniel admits he had a flash of temper induced by the actions of the Ospreys player.

“He concedes he acted rashly and is clearly confrontational, matched by the actions of the Osprey’s player. However, he categorically denies spitting in any way, shape or form.

“We watched the Sky (TV) footage at great length and accepted Daniel’s account of events when viewed alongside the evidence.

“We have censured Daniel for his actions and concluded that he is guilty of acts contrary to good sportsmanship, but whilst the actions are confrontational they were in no way intended or resulted in injury to the opponent.

“We also took into account Daniel’s disciplinary record and character. In 11 seasons of professional/amateur rugby in France and England for Bayonne and Sale Sharks, he has never been sent off or received a yellow card for foul play.

“He was also a primary school teacher and prides himself on his conduct on and off the field. This incident is totally out of character and he expressed remorse and apologised for his actions.

“We took the decision to ban him from playing for three weeks commencing 25/01/07 concluding 15/02/07.”

365 Digital

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