Vaea Fifita disciplinary verdict

Rob LloydNews

The disciplinary process related to Vaea Fifita (Scarlets) red card in the BKT United Rugby Championship Round 4 game against Cardiff Rugby has resulted in a four-week ban.

After an act of foul play against Cardiff player No 20 (Shane Lewis-Hughes), referee Adam Jones showed the player a red card in the 77th minute of the game 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 (Andrea Caranci, Italy), he had accepted that he had committed an act of foul play which warranted a red card. Mr. Caranci found that the incident met the red card threshold, with entry of mid-range warranting six weeks. The player received two weeks mitigation due to his good record which results in a four-game suspension.

Should the player complete the World Rugby Coaching Intervention Programme then the sanction will be reduced by one week.

Fixtures Vaea Fifita is unavailable for:

Scarlets v Zebre Parma 15 October 2022, URC

Connacht v Scarlets 21 October 2022, URC

Scarlets v Leinster 28 October 2022, URC

Spain v Tonga 5 November 2022, International