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Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg given three-week ban for red card in Six Nations clash

Updated: Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 17:06 | Comments

Stuart Hogg expressed remorse for the incident on the day of the match and afterwards
Stuart Hogg expressed remorse for the incident on the day of the match and afterwards

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg has been banned for three weeks for the late hit on Wales outhalf Dan Biggar that resulted in Hogg getting a red card in the Wales v Scotland Six Nations game.

Hogg appeared in London before an independent Six Nations Disciplinary Committee, and did not contest the red card.

The disciplinary panel found that Hogg was guilty of playing an opponent without the ball, and determined that his offence was in the mid-range of the IRB's sanctions for the type of offence, resulting an entry-point of a five-week ban.

But the panel took into account Hogg’s remorse for the incident both on the day of the match and subsequently through the media, and found that there were no aggravating factors, and reduced the ban to three weeks.

Hogg is banned from playing until midnight on 6 April 2014 and will miss games against Scarlets, Ospreys and Treviso.

Hogg was initially shown a yellow card by referee Jerome Garces, but in a remarkable development the referee, on seeing a replay of the incident, changed the card to red. In Hogg’s absence, Scotland were trounced 51-3 by a rampant Wales side.

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