Scotland’s Finn Russell issued a three-week ban after a red card against France

Scotland's Finn Russell issued a three-week ban after a red card against France

Finn Russell was sent off in the 71st minute in the game against France
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Scottish flyweight Finn Russell has been banned for three weeks following his red card incident in the recently concluded Six Nations game against France.

The 28-year-old was sent off during the meeting in Paris as he led his elbow to the neck of French full-back Brice Dulin. Russell is facing an independent disciplinary hearing and has been found guilty of breaking Law 9.12 which resulted in a six-week mid-range penalty.

However, taking into account his remorse during the incident, the conduct during the hearing, the guilty plea and other mitigating factors, the court reduced Russell’s suspension to three weeks.

“Mr. Russell admitted that he had committed an act of foul play and that this warranted a red card. However, he did not accept that he had “hit” Mr. Dulin and suggested that foul play should have been classified as a breach of Rule 9.24 (A ball carrier is allowed to hand over an opponent provided that excessive force is not used)

“The Discipline Committee ruled that Mr. Russell’s actions were properly categorized as hitting with the arm under Law 9.12 and found the offense to warrant a mid-range entry point (six weeks) .

“The discipline committee did not identify any aggravating element. In terms of mitigation, the Discipline Committee acknowledged that Mr. Russell had quickly accepted that his actions constituted a criminal act and deserved a red card, his disciplinary record, his attitude to the disciplinary process before and during the hearing, and his obvious remorse (manifested by his response to Mr. Dulin on the ground), and reduced the suspension to three weeks so that the final period of suspension is three weeks. ”

Russell will now miss Racing 92’s Champions Cup round of 16 match against Edinburgh on Sunday, as well as Top 14 matches depending on his team’s progress in European competition.


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