Finn Russell banned for 3 weeks – Rugby World


Finn Russell banned for 3 weeks

Finn Russell has been banned for 3 weeks following his crimson card in Scotland’s Six Nations victory over France on Friday evening.

The Scotland fly-half was despatched off within the 71st minute after main with the forearm right into a sort out and making contact with France full-back Brice Dulin’s neck.

He appeared earlier than an unbiased disciplinary committee for infringing Legislation 9.12 (A participant should not bodily or verbally abuse anybody. Bodily abuse contains, however will not be restricted to, biting, punching, contact with the attention or eye space, hanging with any a part of the arm (together with stiff-arm tackles), shoulder, head or knee(s), stamping, trampling, tripping or kicking).

Russell accepted that he had dedicated an act of foul play and {that a} crimson card was warranted, however he urged that it was an infringement of Legislation 9.24 (A ball-carrier is permitted at hand off an opponent supplied extreme drive will not be used) relatively than a strike on Dulin.

Nonetheless, the disciplinary committee felt the unique categorisation (Legislation 9.12) was appropriate and decided the incident as mid-range, which has an entry level of six weeks.

Given Russell’s acceptance of his actions, his earlier disciplinary report and his regret, the utmost 50% mitigation was utilized so he’s banned for 3 weeks.

He’ll miss Racing 92’s Champions Cup spherical of 16 tie in opposition to Edinburgh on Sunday and, relying on that consequence, both their quarter-final and their subsequent Prime 14 match or their subsequent two Prime 14 matches. So the suspension will run till both 18 April 2021 or 25 April 2021.

Russell was the fifth participant despatched off on this 12 months’s Six Nations, with Eire’s Peter O’Mahony and Bundee Aki, Scotland’s Zander Fagerson and France’s Paul Willemse additionally red-carded in the course of the championship. The 5 crimson playing cards have been as many as within the final 14 Six Nations mixed.

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