Sam Lousi taking five
Lousi was shown a red card by referee Mike Adamson (SRU) under Law 9.12 – a player must not physically or verbally abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to, biting, punching, contact with the eye or eye area, striking with any part pf the arm (including stiff-arm tackles), shoulder, head or knee(s), stamping, trampling, tipping or kicking.
The Disciplinary Hearing was handled by Rory Bannerman (Scotland) and it was accepted that the Player’s actions warranted a red card for foul play. The incident was deemed a top-end offence, which carries a 10-week suspension. The Player’s previous clean disciplinary record, acceptance of his actions and remorse shown warranted application of 50 per cent mitigation which brings his ban to five weeks.
The Player is free to resume playing from midnight on April 5, 2020.
The Player was reminded of his right to appeal.
He’ll miss three games for the region. Home to the Dragons and away to both Connacht and Toulon in the Challenge Cup, if fixtures go ahead due to the ongoing outbreak of Covid-19.
Toulon have currently suspended ticket sale for their quarter final clash against the Scarlets.
It’s not often you see an actual punch thrown in pro rugby (outside France), but the Scarlet’s Sam Lousi sees red…..pic.twitter.com/AL2XwxwbZH
— rugby (@theblitzdefence) February 29, 2020
The ban follows one similar in last weekend’s Six Nations action where Mohamed Haouas saw red for punching Scotland’s Jamie Ritchie. He’s been banned for three weeks.
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