Calvisano wing Nicola Cattina has been suspened for three weeks following a REd Card in the Round 3 Pool 6 Heineken Cup match against Glouxcester
An independent Disciplinary Committee convened in Dublin on Thursday, 11 December, 2008 to consider if any further action was required following the sending-off of Nicola Cattina, the Rugby Calvisano replacement wing forward (No 19), in the Heineken Cup Round 3 Pool 6 match against Gloucester Rugby at Centro Sportivo San Michele on Saturday, 6 December, 2008.
The player was sent off by Welsh referee James Jones in the 55th minute for punching Gloucester flanker Alasdair Strokosch (No 7).
The independent Disciplinary Committee was chaired by Roger Morris (Wales) and also comprised Dr Barry O'Driscoll (Ireland) and Robert Williams (Wales).
After considering the evidence available, the independent Disciplinary Committee determined that the offence was of the mid-range in the level of seriousness. Having taken into account any mitigating and aggravating factors the Committee suspended Mr. Cattina for a period of three (3) weeks, from the date of the match Saturday, 6 December, 2008 up to and including Sunday, 28 December 2008.
(i) Red Cards
a) The case of any player sent off in the Heineken Cup or European Challenge Cup game shall be adjudicated by an independent Disciplinary Committee as soon as is practicable.
b) Until the hearing the player is ineligible to play in any tournament.
(ii) Independent Disciplinary Committee
a) The independent Disciplinary Committee is chosen by the Chairman of the independent Disciplinary Panel, Professor Lorne Crerar.
b) Both parties to the hearing (ERC and the player) have the right to appeal decisions of the independent Disciplinary Committee. Appeals must be lodged within 72 hours of receiving the full written decision from the Chairman of the independent Disciplinary Committee
c) The full written decision of the independent Disciplinary Committee will be available on www.ercrugby.com/discipline when the disciplinary process is complete
The directors of ERC voted unanimously at a Board meeting to postpone all decisions including the release of further instalments of ERC's distributable central revenues to the six shareholder countries until 19 February next when the Board will meet again to reconsider the issue.