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Sunwolves flanker Ed Quirk was shown a Reds card in his team’s Super rugby match against the Queensland Reds for punching a Reds player and will now face a Sanzaar hearing for the offence.

Let us know if the red card was issued rightly or wrongly. What should Sanzaar do about this.

The red card came after video footage was reviewed by the match officials – specifically the TMO – which revealed a closed fist on Hamish Stewart’s face.

Quirk is alleged to have contravened Law 9.12: A player must not physically abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to striking with hand or arm.

Hodge will now face a Sanzaar hearing in which – as per normal Sanzaar rules for the  matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the Foul Play Review Committee.

The Case is to be considered in the first instance by the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee which will take place on Sunday 15 July 2018, 9am(SAST), 5pm(AEST), 7pm(NZST) via video-conference.

All SANZAAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to the Foul Play Review Committee to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.

The incident occurred during the match between the Reds and Sunwolves at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 13 July 2018.

Match Officials
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore

Hearing Details (date, time and venue): Sunday 15 July 2018, 9am(SAST), 5pm(AEST), 7pm(NZST) via video-conference
Player: Ed Quirk
Team: Sunwolves
Position: Flanker
Date of Incident: 13 July 2018
Nature of Offence: Law 9.12: A player must not physically abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to striking with hand or arm.
Elapsed time in match when offence occurred: 36:40

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