Two-week suspension for Burden

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 10:20
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NEWS: Stade Francais' Craig Burden has been suspended for two weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing arising from his club's Champions Cup Play-off final against Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens.

Burden was cited by the match citing commissioner, Peter Ferguson (Ireland), for charging into a ruck and making contact with the neck and head area of the Northampton Saints scrumhalf, Nic Groom, in the 45th minute of the play-off final in contravention of Law 10.4 (h).
 
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (h), Charging into a ruck or maul without use of the arms, or without grasping a player, carries the following sanction entry points - Low End: two weeks; Mid-range: six weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks.
 
An independent Judicial Officer, Simon Thomas (Wales), heard evidence and submissions by conference call from Burden, who pleaded not guilty to the offence, from Camille Perritaz, the Stade Francais Paris Administration Manager, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.
 
In upholding the citing complaint, the Judicial Officer determined that the offence warranted a red card. He then decided that it was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and selected two weeks as the appropriate entry point.
 
Having taken into account Burden's good disciplinary record and his apology to Nic Groom, the Judicial Officer decided that there was not sufficient mitigation for a reduction of the sanction and he imposed a suspension of two weeks.
 
Burden will remain suspended for Stade Francais Paris' two warm-up matches in advance of the 2017/18 season and will be free to play on Monday, August 14. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.

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Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
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Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
La Rochelle 3 3 0 0 15
Ulster 3 1 0 2 8
Wasps 3 1 0 2 6
Harlequins 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Clermont Auvergne 3 3 0 0 14
Saracens 3 2 0 1 10
Ospreys 3 1 0 2 8
Northampton Saints 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Leinster 3 3 0 0 14
Exeter Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Montpellier 3 1 0 2 8
Glasgow Warriors 3 0 0 3 1
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Munster 3 2 1 0 11
Castres 3 1 1 1 7
Leicester Tigers 3 1 0 2 6
Racing Metro 3 1 0 2 6
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Toulon 3 3 0 0 12
Bath 3 2 0 1 9
Scarlets 3 1 0 2 7
Treviso 3 0 0 3 3