Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Holah succeeds with appeal

Marty Holah

Ospreys' Marty Holah has had his appeal against a two-week ban upheld by a Welsh Rugby Union professional disciplinary panel, leaving him free to play for his region this weekend.

Holah was on Tuesday found guilty of breaches of Law 10.4 - namely tripping an opponent and playing an opponent without the ball, which were both considered 'mid-range' offences - during Saturday's Magners League match against Edinburgh.

However, a WRU statement on Friday read: "The WRU professional disciplinary panel, chaired by Roger Morris, held an appeal hearing at the Millennium Stadium relating to citing complaints brought by the match citing commissioner John Charles against Ospreys player Marty Holah following the Magners League match against Edinburgh on Saturday, 4 December."

The statement continued: "The complaints against Holah were for alleged breaches of Law 10.4 (d) tripping an opponent and Law 10.4 (f) playing an opponent without the ball.

"The player was found guilty on both counts at the original hearing held on Tuesday, and awarded a ban for a period of two weeks from the date of the hearing, after mitigating factors were taken into account.

"At the hearing on Friday evening the panel upheld the appeal and therefore removed the ban imposed, making Holah free to play for his region this weekend and beyond."