Sharks flanker Jacques Vermeulen has been suspended for two weeks after he pleaded guilty to dangerous play against the Rebels on Friday.
The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee accepted a guilty plea from Vermeulen for contravening Law 9.20 – dangerous play in a ruck or maul -after he was Cited during their Super Rugby match.
Vermeulen has been suspended from all forms of the game for two weeks, up to and including Friday, April 6.
The incident occurred in the 49th minute of the match between the Rebels and Sharks played at AAMI Park.
The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Nigel Hampton QC (Chairman), Stefan Terblanche and Stephen Hardy assessed the case.
In his finding, Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Nigel Hampton QC ruled the following: “Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and both an account of the incident and submissions from the player, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the citing under Law 9.20.
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid range entry point of four weeks due to the player’s dangerous charge into a ruck, making contact with the head of the player’s opponent. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s youth, his excellent Judicial record and early guilty plea the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to two weeks.”
“The player is therefore suspended for two weeks, up to and including Friday 6 April 2018.”