Guy Porter has been suspended for three weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing arising from the Heineken Champions Cup win over Clermont Auvergne in the 1st Leg of the Round of 16 at the Stade Marcel-Michelin.
The Leicester Tigers centre was sent off by referee Nika Amashukeli in the 60th minute of the match for making contact with the head of the Clermont's Fritz Lee in contravention of Law 9.11.
The panel included Roger Morris (Wales), chair, David Humphreys (Ireland) and Frank Hadden (Scotland), who considered video imagery of the incident and heard submissions from Porter, who did not accept the red card decision, as well as his legal representative, John Shea, and the club's General Manager, Leigh Jones, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.
The committee upheld the red card decision, finding that Porter had committed a reckless act of foul play that warranted a red card. It then determined that the offending was at the mid-range of World Rugby’s sanctions and six weeks was selected as the appropriate entry point.
Due to the player’s clear disciplinary record and his concern for Lee following the incident, it was decided to grant the full 50% mitigation and the committee therefore reduced the sanction by three weeks before imposing a three-week suspension.
If Porter applies for and completes a World Rugby Coaching Intervention, he will be free to play on Monday, 25 April.