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Dragon gets three-match ban for red card

NEWS: Dragons lock Ben Carter has been slapped with a three-match ban, after his foul play red card in 27-34 United Rugby Championship loss to Connacht last Saturday.


After an act of foul play by Carter, referee Federico Vedovelli showed the player a red card in the 69th minute of the game.

He was sent off under Law 9.13: A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously.

Dangerous tackling includes, but is not limited to, tackling or attempting to tackle an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders.

In the player’s responses to the judicial officer overseeing the disciplinary process – Roddy MacLeod – he had accepted that he had committed an act of foul play which warranted a Red Card.

MacLeod found that the incident met the red card threshold, with an entry of mid-range warranting six weeks.

The Player received three weeks (50 percent) mitigation due to his good record, apology and his fully engaged participation in the disciplinary process which resulted in a three-game suspension.


Should the Player complete the World Rugby coaching intervention programme then the sanction will be reduced by one week.

Fixtures Ben Carter is unavailable for:
Newport v Ebbw Vale, May 4, premiership semifinal
Dragons v Stormers, May 10, URC
Ospreys v Dragons, May 18, URC

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