Bok centre hit with 4-week ban

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Harlequins centre Andre Esterhuizen is shown a straight red card by referee Ian Tempest during the Premiership Rugby match between Gloucester and Harlequins at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester on 6 December 2020.
Harlequins centre Andre Esterhuizen is shown a straight red card by referee Ian Tempest during the Premiership Rugby match between Gloucester and Harlequins at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester on 6 December 2020.
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Springbok centre Andre Esterhuizen has been slapped with a four-week ban after receiving a red card playing for his English club Harlequins.

The incident occurred in Harlequins' away Premiership match against Gloucester at Kingsholm over the weekend.

Esterhuizen, who boasts eight Test caps, received his marching orders in the 45th minute of the contest after a television match official (TMO) review showed that he had thrown an elbow into the face of Gloucester flyhalf Lloyd Evans, who had to leave the field.

The 26-year-old appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel on Tuesday evening.

He was cited under Law 9.12: "A player must not physically or verbally abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to, biting, punching, contact with the eye or eye area, striking with any part of the arm (including stiff-arm tackles), shoulder, head or knee(s), stamping, trampling, tripping or kicking."

Esterhuizen accepted the charge and was given a four-week suspension by the independent panel comprising Daniel White (chair), with Matthew Weaver and Mitch Read.

A mid-range entry point of six weeks was selected, but the ban was reduced by two weeks because Esterhuizen showed genuine remorse and apologised to Evans after the game.

He will next be available for selection for Harlequins' home fixture against London Irish on 10 January and will miss their upcoming European Champions Cup fixtures against Munster and Racing 92, as well as their Premiership matches against the Bristol Bears and Worcester Warriors.

Harlequins won Sunday's game 34-24.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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