Lee Byrne banned for 2 weeks and Ospreys fined €25,000

29 01 2010

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Poor old Lee Byrne seems to have been caught up in the heavy-handed punishments that are being handed out by the ERC. Today he was banned for 2 weeks meaning he will miss Wales’ opening 6-Nations game against England next weekend. Byrne has had a tough time of it recently with injury and is just coming back into good form. This is a major blow for Wales.

It all extends from the situation that occurred during last weeks HEC game against Leicester. Byrne had gone off as a blood-sub, his replacement, centre Sonny Parker, joined the field of play, when Byrne returned, Parker did not leave the field, leaving Ospreys with 16 players on the pitch. Ospreys went onto win 17-12 and Leicester screamed blue murder when they eventually figured it out…

The part that irks me is that there is no sanction for the referee or more importantly the 4th official whose primary job is to manage the comings and goings to and from the field of play. When the referee realised there had been 16 players on the field he berated an Ospreys touch-line official for not informing the match fourth official that Byrne had returned. I’m sorry but what exactly was the 4th official doing while Byrne was returning onto the field? Not exactly concentrating on the job?

Lee Byrne will no doubt appeal this decision and I hope for his sake and sanity of rugby fans everywhere that the disciplinary committee reduce the ban to allow Byrne to take to the field for 6-Nations opening game next weekend.

Please retweet with the hashtag #freeleebyrne

>>Update: Video of the incident /via rugbydump.com

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3 responses

30 01 2010
inshin

Howdy – well done on the new blog and of course a great (injustice) article to start with.

Looking forward to reading more.

DV

30 01 2010
ninetyninecall

Cheers Denis! It’ll be appealed and reduced to one week I reckon, Gatland will be at the edge of his seat for a few days though 🙂

2 02 2010
Lee Byrne appeal result – Free to play this weekend! « ninetyninecall – rugby

[…] had been, in the eyes of most of the ruby world, treated very harshly for his part in Ospreys fielding 16 players briefly in the final round of the Heineken Cup against Leicester tigers. His club, Ospreys, had […]

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