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Professional14: Ulster flanker Matty Rea banned for 4 weeks

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Professional14: Ulster flanker Matty Rea banned for 4 weeks

Referee Andrew Brace exhibits the crimson card to Matty Rea within the 22-15 loss to Connacht at Kingspan Stadium

Ulster flanker Matty Rea has been suspended for 4 weeks following his crimson card within the defeat by Connacht.

Rea was dismissed early within the second half of final Friday’s sport after tackling Cian Kelleher within the air.

A disciplinary committee heard Rea accepted his opponent’s head hit the bottom because of the incident.

The committee concluded an eight-week ban was acceptable nevertheless it was lowered by 50% due to mitigating elements.

These included there being no aggravating elements and the participant’s clear disciplinary report.

Rea, who will likely be out there to play once more on 5 November, was sent-off by referee Andrew Brace underneath Legislation 9.17.

It states a participant “should not deal with, cost, pull, push or grasp an opponent whose toes are off the bottom”.

Rea accepted he had dedicated an act of foul play however didn’t settle for it warranted a crimson card.

Nonetheless, the committee in Edinburgh “concluded the participant had dedicated an act of foul play, that that act of foul play warranted a crimson card and so the referee’s resolution to situation the crimson card was not mistaken”.

BBC Sport – Rugby Union
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