VIDEO: Scarlets prop Samson Lee banned for two weeks
SCARLETS prop Samson Lee has been suspended for two weeks after being found guilty of stamping by an independent disciplinary hearing in Dublin today.
Lee was cited following the incident in the Scarlets’ thrilling Heineken Cup win over Harlequins on Saturday. He was shown a yellow card by referee, John Lacey.
A statement issued by European Rugby Cup said: “The independent Judicial Officer, Rod McKenzie (Scotland), heard submissions and evidence from Lee, who pleaded not guilty to the offence, from Scarlets representative, Gareth Jenkins, and from ERC Disciplinary Officer, Roger O’Connor.
“The Judicial Officer determined that Lee was going for the ball, but in doing so, Lee’s boot made contact with Care’s face in a reckless manner, and that in his opinion, the offence warranted a red card.
“He found that the act was at the low-end entry point of the IRB’s sanctioning regime (two weeks) and although there were no aggravating factors, and although Lee had a clean record, the player had pleaded not guilty and therefore, no mitigation was possible in this case.”
Lee is free to play on Monday, October 28 and both the player and ERC have the right to appeal the decision.
South African tight-head Jacobie Adriaanse is set to step in for Saturday’s second-round clash with Racing Metro in Llanelli.
The Scarlets’ other recognised tight-head Deacon Manu is currently sidelined with a broken arm, but Wales international Rhodri Jones provides further cover.