Scarlets flanker James Davies given three-week ban
James Davies has been suspended for three weeks after admitting swearing and making an obscene gesture
The Scarlets flanker will miss Sunday’s match with Toulon and the Welsh derbies against Ospreys and Cardiff Blues
The panel felt the offence was at the “low end of World Rugby’s sanctions”
Scarlets flanker James Davies has been suspended for three weeks by a disciplinary panel after admitting swearing and making an obscene gesture in the 31-20 loss at Toulon.
The 25-year-old was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Steve Savage (England), for using foul and/or abusive language, and for making an obscene gesture during the first-half of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (m).
In upholding the citing complaint, the committee found that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby’s sanctions and selected four weeks as the appropriate entry point.
As the player had served a previous ban in 2014, the committee decided not to reduce the sanction by the maximum of 50 percent, but taking into account Davies’ guilty plea and timely expression of remorse, it decided to reduce the sanction by one week before imposing a suspension of three weeks.
The Olympic silver-medalist will now face a further disciplinary process at the Scarlets.
Scarlets issued a statement on Monday in which Davies said: “During the heat of battle I lost my composure and said and did things I deeply regret.
“I apologised to referee Mr Garner both during and after the game but would like to reiterate my sincerest apologies publically.”