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Youngs, Fa’asavalu and Goode disciplinary decisions

02 April 2012

  • Ben Youngs suspended for one week after striking Jamie Gibson
  • Ban runs from March 28 so Leicester scrum half free to play on April 5
England and Leicester Tigers scrum half Ben Youngs in action against London Irish in the Aviva Premiership

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England and Leicester Tigers Ben Youngs has been suspended for one week after pleading guilty to striking London Irish’s Jamie Gibson, contrary to Law 10(4)(a), during the Aviva Premiership match at the Madejski Stadium on March 25.

The RFU Disciplinary Panel of His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett (chair), Robert Horner and Peter Budge banned the 22-year-old from Wednesday, March 28 – the date of Leicester Tigers’ internal suspension –  to Wednesday, April 4. Youngs can play again on Thursday, April 5.

Judge Blackett said: "We decided that the offence was at the low end of seriousness, which carries an entry point of three weeks. There were no aggravating features and on the basis of his good record this was reduced by 50 per cent.

"Taking into account RFU Regulation 19.11.13 there was a compelling mitigating factor in that the player was being held down unlawfully for a substantial period and so we reduced the suspension further to one week. We would like to thank Leicester for their responsible attitude towards this case."

Fa’asavalu and Goode decisions

Referee Wayne Barnes issues Worcester Warriors fly half Andy Goode with a red card

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The citing against Maurie Fa’asavalu of Harlequins for a dangerous charge on Bath Rugby’s Tom Heathcote, contrary to Law 10(4)(e), during the Aviva Premiership match at the Twickenham Stoop on March 24 was this afternoon dismissed.

The RFU Disciplinary Panel of His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett (chair), Peter Budge and Robert Horner decided that the citing procedures had not been carried out correctly and that there was insufficient evidence to persuade them that the referee was wrong in awarding a yellow card.  

The red card issued to Worcester Warriors’ Andy Goode for a dangerous charge on Leicester Tigers’ Tom Croft during the Aviva Premiership match at Welford Road on Friday, March 30 was deemed sufficient.

The panel decided that the offence was at the low end of seriousness and that mitigating factors – the consequences of the charge were minimal, the player's remorse and good record over a long career – were compelling.