Quick links: Rugby Video | Six Nations Rugby | Premiership Rugby | LV= Cup | Rugby Championship | Heineken Cup Rugby | Pro 12 Rugby | Super Rugby | Currie Cup Rugby | Rugby World Cup

Andy Hazell suspended for 14 weeks

Andy Hazell has been suspended for 14 weeks

Email Article | | Print Article | Click here for a free $150 Bet

Article Published: Thursday 25 October 2012

Gloucester Rugby flanker, Andy Hazell, has been suspended for 14 weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Amlin Challenge Cup Pool 1, Round 1 match against Mont-de-Marsan at Stade Guy Boniface on Thursday, 11 October 2012.

Hazell was shown a red card in the 55th minute of the match by referee Neil Hennessy (Wales) for striking Mont-de-Marsan replacement, Sebastien Ormaechea (No 23), in contravention of Law 10.4(a).

The independent Judicial Officer, Roger Morris (Wales), heard evidence and submissions from Hazell, who pleaded guilty to striking Ormaechea, from Gloucester Rugby Director of Rugby, Nigel Davies, and from ERC Disciplinary Officer, Roger O'Connor.

The Judicial Officer determined that Hazell had intentionally struck Ormaechea with both the fist and the knee.

Having also determined that any suspensions he would impose for the offences would run concurrently, and as striking with the knee carries greater penalties than striking with the fist under the IRB Recommended Sanctions for Offences Committed with the Playing Enclosure, the Judicial Officer decided on a top-end entry point of 16 weeks.

Taking into account aggravating factors, he added a further two (2) weeks given Hazell's disciplinary record and his failure to uphold the image of the game.

Then following consideration of Hazell's guilty plea and his exemplary conduct during the hearing, the Judicial Officer deducted four (4) weeks before imposing a suspension of 14 weeks.

Hazell will be free to play on Monday, 21 January 2013. Both ERC and the player have the right to appeal the decision.

Law 10.4(a) Striking another player with the hand, arm, fist or knee Under the IRB Recommended Sanctions for Offences Committed within the Playing Enclosure, Law 10.4(a), striking with the hand, arm or fist carries the following penalties:

Lower End: 2 weeks; Mid Range: 5 weeks; Top End: 8+ to 52 weeks.

Law 10.4(a), striking with the knee carries the following penalties: Lower End: 3 weeks; Mid Range: 8 weeks; Top End: 12+ to 52 weeks.

Heineken Cup Rugby News
McCall excited about Champions Cup fixtures
aracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall says that he believes their opening Champions Cup fixture at Allianz Park against Stade Toulousain provides the Aviva Premiership Champions with an "incredibly exciting" start the 2015/16 competition
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Toulon in pool of death for European Champions Cup
European Champions Cup final venues confirmed
Leinster part company with coach Matt O'Connor

More Heineken Cup Rugby News

Aviva Premiership
Anglo Welsh Cup News
Six Nations Rugby
Ritchie: England finishing second is 'not acceptable'
Rugby Football Union (RFU) chief executive Ian Ritchie has said that England's fourth consecutive runners-up finish in the Six Nations is "not acceptable".
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Frenzied 6N finale sends World Cup warning
Mike Brown slams lacklustre Italy and Scotland
Ireland end 60 year wait for back to back titles

More Six Nations Rugby News

Rugby Week Sponsor
Latest Rugby video