Force winger Chance Peni-Ataera has been suspended for three weeks by SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee following the Super Rugby clash against Rebels at NIB Stadium on Friday.
The 23-year-old was sin-binned in the fifth minute of the game after performing a dangerous tackle on an opponent. Despite, the setback he went on to score a try in the 51st minute to help Force complete a 31-22 win over Rebels.
Peni-Ataera's case was further assessed by a three man committee that included Nigel Hampton QC (Chairman), Stephen Hardy and John Langford following which he was proved guilty of the charges.
"Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles, as well as evidence from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Michael Tudori, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the citing under Law 10.4(e)," said Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Nigel Hampton QC in a statement released by SANZAAR.
"With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 6 weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player's youth and inexperience in rugby, his clear Judicial record and the fact he pleaded guilty at the earliest available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 3 weeks."
"The player is therefore suspended for 3 weeks, up to and including the Saturday 29 July 2017.”
Peni-Ataera will be return to action from 30th July following his suspension period.