Three-week ban for Filise after red card
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.”