Aled Brew of Bath Rugby appeared before an independent disciplinary panel in Bristol this evening. He was shown a red card by referee Ian Tempest in the 48th minute of the match between Bath Rugby and Northampton Saints on Saturday.
Brew was dismissed for striking George Furbank from Northampton Saints contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12 and accepted the charge. He was given a three week suspension by the the independent panel comprising Dan White (chair) with Chris Skaife and John Doubleday. Brew is free to play again on Tuesday 3rd December 2019.
Independent panel chair Dan White said: "The panel did not accept that this was a reckless action by the player. It was a deliberate action that was completely avoidable; albeit committed in the heat of the moment.
"No injury was caused to the opposition player who passed the HIA and returned to the field.
"Balancing all factors, the panel considered that this was a mid-range starting point of six weeks.
"The player had accepted the charge at the earliest possible opportunity, showed remorse on and off-field and was candid before the panel in respect of his intentions. He has a clean disciplinary record over a lengthy career at a high level and on that basis he was awarded the full mitigation of 50%.”