Reds prop Slipper cited for dangerous Saili tackle

James Slipper will miss the start of the 2016 Super Rugby season

Reds prop James Slipper has been cited for a alleged foul play through a dangerous tackle in his team’s 44-14 loss to the Blues in Auckland on Friday.

Slipper is alleged to have contravened Law 10.4 (j) Lifting Tackle when he tackled Blues player, Peter Saili. The incident occurred in the 35th minute of the match between the Blues and Reds at Eden Park on Friday 2 May 2014.

The referee for the match, Nick Briant, reviewed the incident with the television match official and issued a yellow card for the incident.

Upon further review of the match footage, the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion the incident had met the red card threshold for foul play

The citing is to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Adam Casselden

All SANZAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a Duty Judicial Officer hearing to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.

For a matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the DJO.

Player: James Slipper
Team: Reds
Position: Prop
Date of Incident: 2 May 2014
Nature of Offence: Law 10.4 (j) Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.
Elapsed time in match when incident occurred: 35th minute

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