Zebo cleared for Castres after disciplinary hearing

The winger received his marching orders for a high tackle in Munster’s win over Ulster at the weekend.

Simon Zebo has been cleared to face Castres this Friday evening in the Champions Cup after a disciplinary meeting took place yesterday.

A Disciplinary Panel met on Wednesday to consider the red card against Simon Zebo which occurred against Ulster Rugby on Saturday, January 8.

8 January 2022; Simon Zebo of Munster leaves the pitch after receiving a red card during the United Rugby Championship match between Munster and Ulster at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The Player received a red card under Law 9.13 – A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously. Dangerous tackling includes, but is not limited to, tackling or attempting to tackle an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders.

The Disciplinary Panel of Declan Goodwin (Chair, Wales), Frank Hadden and Sarah Smith (both Scotland) considered all of the evidence and camera angles available and concluded that Zebo’s actions did not result in foul play.

In particular, on detailed examination of the video evidence, the Panel determined that it was Jack Crowley of Munster who completed the tackle on Michael Lowry of Ulster, with Zebo only making minimal contact whilst wrapping his left arm.

As a result, the Corkman is free to continue playing this weekend.

Munster travel to Castres in the third round of the Champions Cup on Friday evening looking to maintain their 100& record in this year’s competition.

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