Aidan O’Brien sat as a panel member at the RFU disciplinary hearing, chaired by Sir James Dingemans, arising from the red card shown to Nathan Hughes (Wasps Rugby) following a collision with George North (Northampton Saints).
The player appeared before the panel charged with striking with the knee and/or shin, contrary to Law 10.4(a), during a fixture on Friday March 27 in the Aviva Premiership. The player was found guilty of the charge and given a three-week ban.
Commenting on the judgement, Sir James Dingemans said: “This was a three week ban on the basis that no intention was found. However, there was recklessness meaning that, notwithstanding the harm, it was a low entry point of four weeks with mitigation of one week to reflect his previous clean playing record.”
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