The Argentine wing of Newcastle Falcons, Mateo Carreras he was suspended for nine weeks for making eye contact with Wasps wing Josh Bassett.
The play had not been noticed during the game on the field of play during the Premiership round 14 meeting at Kingston Park last Friday.
But the 21-year-old Argentine was summoned and appeared before a disciplinary panel Wednesday night, and accepted the charge of intentional eye contact.
The independent disciplinary panel composed of Charles Cuthbert (chair) with Daniel White and Leon Lloyd gave him a nine week suspension. He will be able to play on June 15 depending on Newcastle’s progression in the European Challenge Cup.
The independent disciplinary panel said: “The player accepted that he had committed an act of foul play in which he intentionally made contact with an opponent’s eye. His evidence was that he had intended to ‘irritate’ the Wasps player but that there was no intention of causing any harm in his action.
“He accepted reflecting that by making contact with Josh Bassett’s eye he ran the risk of causing serious injury, although this was a momentary action without thinking about the consequences. Fortunately, there were no injuries other than temporary discomfort. “
“The panel found that the action warranted a mid-range starting point due to the fact that Josh Bassett was vulnerable at the time of the incident, there had been fleeting pressure to the eye, and it was a serious and intentional act. The point of entry for the middle range it is 18 weeks.
“He has a clean disciplinary record for several years as a professional player, expressed remorse for his actions and positively engaged in the process despite requiring the assistance of a translator. In accordance with the regulatory framework, the panel applied a 50% mitigation. . “