Uzair Cassiem of Scarlets faced a Disciplinary Hearing today via video conference and has been banned for two weeks.
A Disciplinary Panel convened in Edinburgh to consider the Citing Complaint made against Uzair Cassiem (No 20) of Scarlets for an incident which occurred against the Isuzu Southern Kings on Saturday, September 29, 2018.
The complaint was made with regard to an incident in the 62nd minute of the Guinness PRO14 Round 5 fixture at Parc y Scarlets (Llanelli) when the player made contact with an opponent’s eye/eye area.
The player was cited for an infringement of Law 9.12 – A player must not physically or verbally abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to, biting, punching, contact with the eye or eye area, striking with any part of the arm (including stiff-arm tackles), shoulder, head or knee(s), stamping, trampling, tripping or kicking.
The Disciplinary Panel, comprising of Roddy Dunlop QC (Chair), Frank Hadden and Iain Leslie (all Scotland), concluded that an act of foul play had occurred and merited a low-end entry point (four weeks) for contact with the eye/eye area.
The Panel deemed that the action was reckless but not deliberate and applied full mitigation of 50 per cent. As a result the player has been banned for a period of two weeks and is free to play from midnight on Sunday, October 14.
The player was reminded of his right to appeal.
For a full list of sanctions please visit: https://www.worldrugby.org/handbook/regulations/reg-17/appendix-1?lang=en