One-week ban for Swinson

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Glasgow Warriors second-row Tim Swinson has been suspended for one week following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in London on Wednesday.

Swinson was cited by the match Citing Commissioner, Jeff Mark (Wales), for punching Northampton Saints replacement hooker Mikey Haywood in the 74th minute of the Champions Cup Round 5 match at Franklin's Gardens on Sunday, 17 January 2016 in contravention of Law 10.4 (a).

Swinson was shown a yellow card for the incident by match referee, Romain Poite (France).

Law 10.4 (a) Striking with a hand, arm or fist
Under World Rugby's Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 10.4 (a), Striking with a hand, arm or fist, carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-Range: 5 weeks; Top End: 8 to 52 weeks

The independent Judicial Officer, Simon Thomas (Wales), heard evidence and submissions from Swinson, who pleaded guilty to the offence, from the Glasgow Warriors Rugby Operations Manager, John Manson, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

In upholding the citing complaint, the Judicial Officer found that Swinson had committed an act of foul play that warranted a red card. He determined that that offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and selected two weeks as the appropriate entry point.

He reduced the sanction by one week – 50 per cent of the entry point – due to the player's timely guilty plea, expression of remorse, clean disciplinary record and good conduct at the hearing before imposing a suspension of one week.

Swinson is free to play on Monday, 25 January 2016. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.