Alby Mathewson suspended for one week
March 24, 2014
The Western Force shocked the Chiefs to end the reigning champions' winning streak (video available only in Australia)
Western Force scrum-half Alby Mathewson has escaped serious punishment for stamping on Sam Cane during the 18-15 Super Rugby win over the Chiefs, receiving a one-week suspension that covers his team's seventh-round bye.
SANZAR duty judicial officer Adam Casselden noted in handing down the ban on Sunday that the recommended entry-point ban for the offence was two weeks, which would have ruled him out of the April 5 meeting with Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium.
"[But] based on the acceptance of the indicated sanction, the player's excellent disciplinary and playing record and in recognition of his early plea, a discount from the lower-end entry point to a one-week suspension was imposed," Casselden said.
Mathewson is officially free to play again from March 30.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
British bantamweight Paul Butler overcame Ismael Garnica with a 10-round decision at Liverpool's Echo Arena
Stephen Bunting stunned four-time winner Phil Taylor in one of the matches of the year to book his place in the quarter-finals of the European Championships in Germany
Luke Campbell sealed the biggest win of his professional career by stopping Daniel Brizuela in five rounds
The Scarlets claimed a first win of their European Champions Cup Pool Three campaign with a gutsy triumph over Leicester Tigers in an error-strewn Anglo-Welsh clash at Parc y Scarlets
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Mario Balotelli had "worked very well and very hard" after watching his side held to a 0-0 draw by Hull at Anfield