Cape Town - Force wing Chance Peni has been banned for three weeks for foul play during his side's Super Rugby clash with the Rebels in Perth on Saturday.
The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee has accepted a guilty plea from Peni for contravening Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an opponent, after he was cited.
Peni has been suspended from all forms of the game up to and including Saturday, 29 July.The incident occurred in the fifth minute of the match at nib Stadium on 7 July 2017.The SANZAAR Foul Play Review committee of Nigel Hampton (chairman), Stephen Hardy and John Langford assessed the case.In his finding, Hampton ruled the following: "Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles, as well as evidence from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Michael Tudori, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the citing under Law 10.4(e).
"With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 6 weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player's youth and inexperience in rugby, his clear judicial record and the fact he pleaded guilty at the earliest available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 3 weeks."
"The player is therefore suspended for three weeks, up to and including the Saturday, 29 July 2017.”
All SANZAAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to the Foul Play Review Committee 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 Foul Play Review Committee.