Juan Cruz Mallía was suspended for three games after what was the expulsion he received in last Saturday’s match against Wales. In this way, the back will miss the duel against Wales, and the two games against South Africa for the Rugby Championship.
The Argentine appeared before an independent judicial committee, for the red card he received in the duel against Wales on July 10. The player himself, to specify the reduction of the sanction, admitted that he committed an act of foul play and accepted that it was worthy of a red card.
Given this, the committee, made up of Roddy Dunlop QC (Scotland), together with former international Becky Essex (England) and former international referee Donal Courtney (Ireland), reduced the initial penalty from six games to three, so Mallía will miss the following matches: against Wales (July 17, 2021), against South Africa (August 14, 2021) and again against the Springboks (August 21, 2021). 2021).
Despite this sanction, the Argentine would have the chance to be in the last duel against South Africa: “The player intends to apply to participate in World Rugby’s recently launched Chief Contact Process Coaches Intervention Program, which aims to modify specific techniques and technical issues that contribute to foul play. The committee approved the application and therefore the player and his coach will submit a training intervention for consideration by the World Rugby Expert Review Panel. Upon confirmation by the jury of successful completion, the final match of the player’s sanction will be replaced by the Coaching Intervention and, therefore, the player will be able to play in the second round of Argentina against South Africa on August 21“World Rugby reported.
The player has the right to appeal within 48 hours after the issuance of the full written decision.