Quade Cooper will miss the Reds Super Rugby qualifying playoff against the Sharks after he was suspended for one week for a a high tackle on Berrick Barnes.
A SANZAR Judicial Hearing has found Quade Cooper of the Reds guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (e) after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.
Cooper has been suspended for one week so he could play for the Reds in the Semi-final if the Reds manage to beat the Sharks this weekend in Brisbane.
Cooper's tackle on Waratahs playmaker Berrick Barnes in the 63rd minute of the match between the Reds and Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday 14th July 2012 was ruled to have been dangerous.
Cooper was shown a yellow card for the incident and the Waratahs scored a try (Tom Carter) whilst he was in the sin bin.
In a SANZAR Judicial Hearing Mr Paul Tully ruled the following, "Whilst in the process of a tackle on Berrick Barnes, there was principle contact with the chest but also with the neck such as to make the tackle dangerous in contravention of Law 10.4 (e). "
"Mr Cooper's record is unblemished save for a two-week suspension in 2010. He has played Super Rugby for the past six years as well as a significant number of Test Matches for Australia during this time. "
"It is also a matter of significance that the SANZAR Rules allow consideration be given to the importance of games to be played during the Super Rugby Finals Series and as such, this has been taken into account as a mitigating circumstance. "
"It follows that Quade Cooper is suspended from all forms of Rugby for one week up to and including the 21st of July 2012."