England star cops two-week ban for f-bomb
DISCIPLINARY UPDATE: Bristol prop Kyle Sinckler has been banned for two weeks and will miss the start of England’s Six Nations campaign on February 6 at home to Scotland.
The Bristol prop appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel on Tuesday after being cited by independent citing commissioner Duncan Bell after his club’s 20-7 win at Exeter on Saturday took the Bears top of the Premiership.
The 27-year-old was cited for “failing to respect the authority of the match official, contrary to World Rugby law 9.28″.
Sinckler contested the charge but it was upheld by the independent disciplinary panel, comprising Richard Whittam QC (chair), with Becky Essex and Leon Lloyd, which gave the player a two-week suspension. He is free to play again on February 9.
The independent disciplinary panel said: “Kyle Sinckler accepted that he used foul language at the referee, he did not accept the conduct warranted a red card,”
The RFU statement also revealed that “the panel viewed the live recordings of the incident and were satisfied that his shout of ‘are you fxxxxxx serious’ was: Aggressive; Was directed at the referee. It followed almost immediately after the Referee explained that he had determined that the Exeter Chief’s Player who had tackled Kyle Sinckler had attempted to wrap his arms. Kyle Sinckler turned his head towards the referee before he shouted at him; On review with the TMO the Referee did penalise the Player who had tackled him,”
The statement concluded: “The Player was candid in his evidence as to why he had done so and regretted his actions. The Panel found that his actions disrespected the authority of the Referee it was in breach of a core value of Rugby – Respect of match officials – and warranted a red card.
“The Panel determined that in all the circumstances it was a low entry point with no relevant mitigation. The sanction is a two-week ban.”
Sinckler is due to miss the following games: Premiership: Bristol Bears v Bath Rugby, Friday, January 29; Premiership: Bristol Bears v Sale Sharks, Friday, February 5. If any of the above games are cancelled or rearranged then the player’s free to play date will be amended to ensure the sanction remains meaningful.
Sinckler had taken to Twitter on Saturday following the comment he directed at referee Karl Dickson, saying: “Want to apologise for my reaction today. Not the example I want to be setting.
“Heat of the moment stuff. Will make a conscious effort to improve. My bad.”