Sanchez escapes sanction

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:28

DISCIPLINARY HEARING: Argentina were given a boost ahead of their match against England with the news that star flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez is free to play after a disciplinary hearing.

Sanchez was been cited for allegedly striking an opponent in the 38th minute of the second half in his team's 16-19 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield last weekend.

"He appeared before an independent Disciplinary Committee (appointed by World Rugby) in London on Tuesday and accepted that he had committed an act of foul play but asserted that it would not have warranted a red card," said a statement.

"The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Antony Davies (England), alongside Bonike Erinle (England) and Derek Bevan (Wales), viewed video footage of the incident, listened to evidence and representations from and on behalf of the player, and reviewed all of the other evidence. 

"The Committee then concluded that although Sanchez had committed an act of foul play, he had done this as part of an attempt to free himself from the illegal grasp of an opponent and that in any event, it would not have warranted a red card - no sanction was imposed."

Argentina will play England at Twickenham this coming Saturday.