Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Mitchell ban for Zebo tackle

Simon Zebo, right, was lifted by Lachlan Mitchell during the Lions' 35-0 victory

Melbourne Rebels wing Lachlan Mitchell has received a one-match ban for foul play during Tuesday's game against the British and Irish Lions.

Mitchell was found guillty of lifting Lions wing Simon Zebo during a game the tourists won 35-0.

He was cited under Law 10.4 (j) - lifting a player from the ground and dropping that player into the ground while that player's feet are still off the ground, such that the player's upper body comes into contact with the ground.

"I found that the incident was clearly at the lowest level for this offence," said judicial officer Nigel Hampton QC, in a statement released by the Australian Rugby Union.

"The penalty associated for the lower level breach of Law 10.4 (j) is a suspension of four matches.

"Because of the circumstances and Lachlan Mitchell's good on-field record, I have determined that the maximum reduction to the sentence of 50% should be applied.

"Further to this, I found that an additional discount to the suspension should be made as I believe a two-match penalty would be disproportionate to the level and type of offence that has occurred.

"As such, I have delivered a sanction of a one-match suspension, which will be fulfilled following the Rebels' next Super Rugby fixture on July 12."

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