Three-week ban for Filise af­ter red card

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CARDIFF Blues prop Ta­ufa’ao Filise has been banned for three weeks af­ter Welsh ref­eree Nigel Owens showed him a red card against Glas­gow.

Filise was sent off 29 min­utes into the Blues’ 40-16 de­feat at Scot­stoun last week­end for an early hit on Ge­orge Turner.

Owens made the call af­ter con­sult­ing the TMO, hav­ing ini­tially ap­peared to be of the opin­ion that it was just a col­li­sion be­tween the pair. It swung the game Glas­gow’s way af­ter the Blues had forged an early lead.

And a PRO14 dis­ci­plinary panel has up­held Owens’ de­ci­sion and deemed Filise was guilty of an early and/or dan­ger­ous tackle.

A state­ment from the PRO 14 read: “The player was shown a red card by ref­eree Nigel Owens un­der Law 10.4 (e) – A player must not tackle an op­po­nent early, late or dan­ger­ously.

“The Dis­ci­plinary Panel, com­pris­ing of Jen­nifer Dono­van (Chair), Michael Cogh­lan and John Carroll (all Ire­land), con­cluded that the player’s ac­tions mer­ited a mid-range en­try point which car­ries a sus­pen­sion of six weeks.

“The Panel con­sid­ered the player’s clean dis­ci­plinary record, his ad­mis­sion of guilt and good con­duct through­out the process and ap­plied the mit­i­ga­tion of 50 per cent, the max­i­mum amount al­lowed un­der World Rugby’s Dis­ci­plinary Reg­u­la­tions.”

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