Jared Payne handed two-week ban
April 9, 2014
Jared Payne was shown a red card for this incident © Getty Images
Ulster fullback Jared Payne has been hit with a two-week ban following the red card he was shown in Saturday's Heineken Cup quarter-final.
Payne was dismissed in the fourth minute after he caught Alex Goode while he was midair catching a ball. Goode fell awkwardly and was stretchered off and despite Ulster's protestations, referee Jerome Garces issued Payne with a straight red card.
He appeared in front of a European Rugby Cup Ltd panel and the independent judicial officer Simon Thomas handed Payne a three-week ban but this was reduced to two on account of his "clean disciplinary record and exemplary conduct at the hearing".
The incident was described as a "reckless act" but Thomas admitted it was a tough case to call. The ERC statement said: "He [Thomas] commented that the case had been a particularly challenging one and conveyed his thanks to the Ulster Rugby representatives for the quality of their defence during the hearing."
Payne is free to play on April 21.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Huw Richards profiles French forward Walter Spanghero, a man who even rugby's hard men thought was a tough nut
"To be part of the Commonwealth Games, I'd wear anything. I'd wear a clown suit." Tom Hamilton talks to Scotland's Sean Lamont
Scrum Sevens looks back at how rugby has fared in both the early Olympics and the past four Commonwealth Games
"Cheika's been phenomenal. He gives you an incredible level of mental strength." Tom Hamilton talks to Waratahs star Jacques Potgieter