James Haskell disciplinary hearing verdict

Date: 17 Jan 2018


Haskell is free to play on Monday, 12 February 2018, and both he and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.

A disciplinary hearing in London has this afternoon suspended James Haskell for four weeks under law 9.13 for his dangerous tackle on Jamie Roberts.

This decision follows the red card awarded by Romaine Poite in the closing stages of the European Champions Cup clash between Harlequins and Wasps.

The ban ends Monday February 12, which means Haskell will be available for selection for Wasps when Exeter Chiefs visit the Ricoh Arena in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday February 18.

EPCR's statement said:

The independent Disciplinary Committee consisting of Jennifer Donovan (Ireland), Chair, Rod McKenzie (Scotland) and Becky Essex (England), heard evidence and submissions from Haskell, who pleaded guilty to the offence, from legal representative, Richard Smith QC, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan. Wasps' Head of Recruitment, Kevin Harman, was also present.
 
The Committee upheld the red card decision and as the tackle made contact with the head of the opposing player, it was obliged to find that the offence was at the mid-range of World Rugby's sanctions and six weeks was therefore selected as the appropriate entry point.
 
Taking into account the player's good disciplinary record, his guilty plea and early expression of remorse, the Committee decided to reduce the sanction by two weeks before imposing a suspension of four weeks.
 
Haskell is free to play on Monday, 12 February 2018, and both he and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.