Simon Zebo has received a significant boost.
After receiving a red card in last weekend’s URC derby win at Thomond Park against Ulster, Munster winger Simon Zebo will not be suspended.
Last Saturday, Zebo was sent off early, but it didn’t stop Johann van Graan’s side from winning a crucial match against their Northern rivals.
However, Zebo will not get a suspension following today’s meeting of a disciplinary panel, since his tackle was not deemed “serious foul play.”
VIDEO:Simon Zebo Red Card vs Ulster
“A Disciplinary Panel met today (Wednesday, January 12) to consider the red card against Simon Zebo (No 11) of Munster Rugby which occurred against Ulster Rugby on Saturday, January 8,” a URC statement read.
“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 the Player’s actions did not result in foul play.
“In particular, on detailed examination of the video evidence, the Panel determined that it was No 10 of Munster Rugby who completes the tackle on Michael Lowry (No 15) of Ulster Rugby, with Simon Zebo only making minimal contact whilst wrapping his left arm.
“As a result, the player is free to continue playing this weekend.”