Ollie Chessum has been suspended for three weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing arising from the Heineken Champions Cup win over Clermont Auvergne in the 2nd Leg of the Round of 16 at Mattioli Woods Welford Road.
The Leicester Tigers forward was sent off by referee Andrew Brace in the 64th minute of the match for tackling in a dangerous manner in contravention of Law 9.13.
Law 9.13 A player must not tackle an opponent dangerously.
Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.13 relating to dangerous tackling carries the following sanction entry points - Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks.
The independent Disciplinary Committee comprising Pamela Woodman (Scotland), chair, Donal Courtney (Ireland) and Pat Barriscale (Ireland), considered video imagery of the incident and heard submissions from Chessum, who did not accept the red card decision, from the player’s legal representative, John Shea, from the Leicester Tigers General Manager, Leigh Jones, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.
Chessum is free to play on Monday, 9 May, however, if he applies for and completes a World Rugby Coaching Intervention, he will be free to play on Monday, 2 May.