A Disciplinary Committee met in Dublin to consider the red-card decision against Allan (No 1) of Glasgow Warriors which occurred against Scarlets on Saturday, December 1, 2018. The player was shown a red card by referee Frank Murphy 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 incident occurred in the 18th minute of the Guinness PRO14 Round 10 fixture at Scotstoun Stadium (Glasgow) when the referee deemed the player to have committed an act of foul play against an opponent (No 4, Jake Ball).
The player accepted that he had committed an act of foul play and his actions warranted a red card.
The Disciplinary Committee, comprising of Jennifer Donovan (Chair), Kim Moloney and John Carroll (all Ireland), concluded that the player had committed an act of foul play, that that act of foul play warranted a red card and so the referee's decision to issue the red card was not wrong.
The panel found that there was an act of foul play with contact to the head, which carries a mid-range entry point of six weeks. A ban of six weeks was reduced due to mitigating factors, the player’s good record, acceptance of the red card and behaviour throughout the hearing.
The Committee therefore banned the player for a period of three weeks meaning that he is free to play from midnight on Sunday 23rd, December 2018.