Wasps wing banned for six weeks

Wasps wing Paolo Odogwu was handed a six-week suspension after appearing before an independent disciplinary panel in Bristol on Wednesday.

He was shown a red card by referee Tom Foley in the 79th minute of the match between Sale Sharks and Wasps on Friday 8 November 2019.

Odogwu was dismissed for kicking Rohan Van Rensburg of Sale Sharks in the head contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12 and accepted the charge.

He was given a six-week suspension by the independent panel, comprising Dan White (chair) with Chris Skaife and John Doubleday, and is free to play again on Tuesday 23 December 2019.

Paolo Odogwu appeared before an independent disciplinary panel this evening following his red card at Sale last weekend.

The winger has been banned for six weeks and is free to play again on Tuesday 23 December.

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Independent panel chair Dan White said: “The panel did not accept the player’s explanation that his leg extended to assist his balance in the air and prevent him from falling backwards.

“The panel found that while he did not intentionally aim to make contact with the Sale player’s face, he did intend to use his outstretched leg to fend off a potential oncoming player and was reckless as to whether or not it made contact or caused injury. In this case the dangerous action of the player resulted in a minor injury to the Sale player.

“In our opinion this was nevertheless a top end entry point; his disrespectful behaviour to the referee and crowd, after receiving the red card, only served to reinforce our view. His behaviour reflected poorly on the player and the game as a whole.

“The player did accept the charge, has no prior disciplinary record, apologised for his actions and subsequent behaviour (both post-match, publicly on twitter and again at the hearing) and was therefore awarded full mitigation of 50 per cent.”

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