Two-week suspension for Betty
Disciplinary Hearing: Worcester Warriors flank Sam Betty has been suspended for two weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing arising from his club's European Rugby Challenge Cup match against Newport Gwent Dragons.
Betty was sent off by referee, David Wilkinson (Ireland), for striking the Newport Gwent Dragons flank Nick Crosswell, in the 15th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (a).
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (a) Striking with a hand, arm or fist, carries the following sanction entry points - Low End: two weeks; Mid-Range: five weeks; Top End: eight to 52 weeks.
The independent Judicial Officer, Rod McKenzie (Scotland), heard evidence and submissions by video conference from Betty, who pleaded guilty to the offence, from the Worcester Warriors legal representative, Sam Jones, from the Worcester Warriors Head of Rugby Recruitment, Jan McGinity, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.
In upholding the red card decision, the Judicial Officer found that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and he selected two weeks as the appropriate entry point.
While taking into account Betty's guilty plea, good disciplinary record and expression of remorse, the Judicial Officer decided that there were not sufficient mitigating factors to warrant a reduction of the sanction and he imposed a two-week suspension.
Betty is free to play on Monday, January 2 2017. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.