Guy PorterPorter has been suspended for three weeks by the independent Disciplinary Hearing, which rose from the Heineken Champions Cup victory over Clermont Auvergne in the 1st Leg of the Round of 16 at the Stade Marcel-Michelin.
Referee Nika Amashukeli sent off the Leicester Tigers center in the 60th minute of the match to make contact with the Clermont’s Fritz Lee’s head, contrary to Law 9.11.
The panel included Roger Morris (Wales), chair David Humphreys (Ireland), and Frank Hadden (Scotland). They evaluated the video imagery of the incident.
In addition, they heard submissions from Porter, who did not accept the red card decision, and his legal representative, John Shea, the club’s General Manager, Leigh Jones, and Liam McTiernan.
The committee held onto the red cad sanction, recognizing that Porter had committed a reckless foul play that merited a red card. However, it was agreed upon that the offense was at the mid-range of World Rugby’s punishment, and six weeks was chosen 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. Therefore, the committee 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.