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Highlanders centre Jason Emery has been suspended for the next four weeks of Super Rugby for his tackle on Sharks fullback Willie le Roux.

Emery was red carded in the match by match referee Ben O’Keefe after he tackled Willie Le Roux, in the air during the match between the Highlanders and Sharks at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

A subsequent SANZAAR Judicial Hearing has found Jason Emery of the Highlanders guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (i) Tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling an Opponent jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play, after he was issued with a Red Card during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

Emery apologised to Le Roux on Twitter after the match the SANZAAR hearing was not happy with the tackle and have suspended Emery for 4 weeks up to and including Saturday 21 May 2016.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/wjjleroux”>@wjjleroux</a>, again, just want 2 Apologise for what happened 2night. I&#39;m Just thankful u came out of that collision ok &amp; continued 2 play on.</p>&mdash; Jason Emery (@JasonEmery13) <a href=”https://twitter.com/JasonEmery13/status/723481862639734785″>April 22, 2016</a></blockquote>
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The SANZAAR Judicial Hearing held via video conference on Monday 25 April, 2016 was heard by a Judicial Committee of Jannie Lubbe SC (Chairman), De Wet Barry and John Langford.

In their finding, the Judicial committee ruled the following:”Jason Emery (the Player) appeared before a SANZAAR Judicial Committee having been red carded in the match between the Sharks and the Highlanders for a breach of Law 10.4 (e).

“During the hearing the charge was amended as a breach of Law.10.4 (i) and Mr. Lloyd, acting for the player, raised no objection. The player pleaded guilty to the amended charge.

“After careful consideration of the available evidence and the very helpful submissions of Mr Lloyd the offence was categorised as mid-range which carries a six (6) weeks suspension.

“The Committee took into account as mitigating factors the player’s exemplary clean disciplinary record after seventy first class matches, his apology in person to Willie le Roux immediately after the match and on social media, his guilty plea and the fact that the tackle was rather reckless than deliberate.

“The Player was therefore given a two week discount on the recommended sanction of six weeks. The Player is accordingly suspended from all rugby until 21 May 2016 which effectively is a three match Super Rugby suspension. We were provided with proof that he would have been selected to play in a club match on 21 may 2016 which match the player will also miss as a result of the suspension.”

Hearing Details (date, time and venue): Monday 25 April 19:00(NZST), 17:00 (AEST), 09:00(SAST) via video conference
Judicial Committee: Jannie Lubbe SC (Chairman), De Wet Barry, John Langford
Player: Jason Emery
Team: Highlanders
Position: Centre
Date of Incident: 22 April
Nature of Offence: Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous Tackling. Tackling a player who’s feet are off the ground. AMENDED to Law 10.4 (i) Tackling, tapping, pushing or pulling an Opponent jumping for the ball in a lineout or in open play.
Elapsed time in match when offence occurred: 12th minute

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