SANZAAR accepted a guilty plea from Lukhan Salakaia-Loto of Australia for breaking Law 9.13: a player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously, after making a heavy impact on Santiago Grondona during the game between Australia and Argentina at Bankwest Sydney Stadium last Saturday due to the closure of the Three Nations.
The Australian forward did not measure his strength and saw the red card after the blow to the young man trained in Champagnat.
Finally, the Disciplinary Committee has decided to suspend the Wallabies player from all forms of the game for four weeks, until Friday, February 26, 2021 inclusive.
“Having conducted a detailed review of all available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including submissions from its legal representative, Maryjane Crabtree, the Foul Play Review Committee confirmed the Red Card under Law 9.13”, reported from SANZAAR and continued: “Regarding the penalty, the act of foul play was deemed to merit a six-week mid-range entry point due to World Rugby instructions dictating that any foul play incident involving contact He should start in the middle range, however, taking into account mitigating factors, including the fact that the player pleaded guilty at the first available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to four weeks. The player was not entitled to a total reduction of 50% due to the presence of a previous infraction on his record. “