NEWS | Schoeman handed four-week ban

Pierre Schoeman has been handed a four-week ban after today facing a disciplinary hearing.

The decision comes following the loosehead prop’s red card in last weekend’s Guinness PRO14 fixture against Leinster at the RDS Arena, Dublin.

A Disciplinary Panel convened in Neath, Wales, to consider the red-card decision against the player which occurred in the 71st minute of the 31-7 defeat to the Irish province.

The player was shown a red card by referee Dan Jones under 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 Simon Thomas (Chair), Roger Morris and Nigel Williams (all Wales), concluded that there was an act of foul play of striking the head with the forearm which carries a mid-range entry point (six weeks).

A ban of six weeks was reduced due to mitigating circumstances, the player’s acceptance of the red card and behaviour throughout the hearing. As a result, the player will be banned for a period of four weeks and can return to play from midnight on Sunday, October 21.

Schoeman will miss both home Guinness PRO14 fixtures against Benetton and Cheetahs, as well as Edinburgh’s opening Heienken Champions Cup group stage matches against Montpellier and RC Toulon.