Namibia’s Desiderius Sethie attended an independent Disciplinary Committee hearing for an offence contrary to Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) as a result of a review by the Foul Play Review Official in Namibia’s Rugby World Cup 2023 Pool A match against Uruguay on 27 September.

The independent Disciplinary Committee was chaired by Jennifer Donovan (Ireland), joined by former international player Stefan Terblanche (South Africa) and former international referee Val Toma (Romania).

The player accepted that foul play had occurred and that the offence warranted a red card.

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The Committee noted that the offence carries a mandatory minimum mid-range sanction (six matches), and having considered the mitigating factors, including admission of foul play and correctness of the red card at the first opportunity, an exemplary disciplinary record, apology to the player and good character, reduced the sanction by the maximum mitigation of 50 per cent. With Namibia having left Rugby World Cup 2023, the sanction of three matches will be applied to the player’s club schedule once it is known.*

*The player intends to apply to take part in the World Rugby Coaching Intervention Programme to substitute the final match of the sanction for a coaching intervention aimed at modifying specific techniques and technical issues that contributed to the foul play subject to successful completion. Further information can be found here.

The player has the right of appeal within 48 hours of the issuing of the full written decision, which will appear here once published.

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