Cape Town - The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee has accepted a guilty plea from Waratahs lock Jed Holloway for contravening Law 9.12: A player must not physically abuse anyone, after he was red carded against the Sharks in Parramatta on Saturday
.Holloway has been suspended from all forms of the game for three weeks, up to and including May 18, 2019.
The incident occurred in the 45th minute of the match played at Bankwest Stadium.
The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Adam Casselden SC (chairperson), Stefan Terblanche and Eroni Clarke assessed the case.
In his finding, Casselden ruled the following:
"Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Aaron Lloyd, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the red card under Law 9.12."
"With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of six weeks due to the World Rugby instructions that dictate any incident of foul play involving contact with the head must start at a mid-range level. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player's clean judicial record, the player's expressed remorse and the fact the player has pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to three weeks."
As a result of the ban, Holloway will miss away matches against the Bulls (Saturday, May 4), Lions (Saturday, May 11) and Reds (Saturday, May 18).
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.