Kyle gets four-week ban af­ter red card

Sport360 - - News - By An­drew Bal­dock @balders2 ✉ ed­i­to­[email protected] b

Leices­ter will be with­out cen­tre Kyle East­mond un­til Jan­uary 1 af­ter he re­ceived a four-week ban fol­low­ing his red card in Tigers’ Pre­mier­ship game against Bris­tol.

The Eng­land in­ter­na­tional, who won the last of his six caps in 2014, was sent off by ref­eree Wayne Barnes.

It fol­lowed a dan­ger­ous tackle on Bris­tol fly-half Ian Madi­gan in last Satur­day’s en­counter at Ash­ton Gate.

And the Rugby Foot­ball Union an­nounced the sus­pen­sion fol­low­ing East­mond’s ap­pear­ance be­fore a three-man in­de­pen­dent dis­ci­plinary panel in Coven­try.

Leices­ter lost the match 41-10, but they trailed by just six points when East­mond was dis­missed in the 25th minute.

East­mond will miss Leices­ter’s home and away Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup ap­point­ments with Rac­ing 92, plus Pre­mier­ship fix­tures against Har­lequins and his for­mer club Bath.

Tigers have lost six suc­ces­sive games in all com­pe­ti­tions and cur­rently stand just three points above Pre­mier­ship bot­tom club New­cas­tle.

The RFU said: “East­mond pleaded guilty to the charge and was sus­pended for four weeks by the in­de­pen­dent dis­ci­plinary panel com­pris­ing of John Bren­nan (chair), Matt Bayliss and Tony Wheat. He is free to play again on 1 Jan­uary 2019.”

And panel chair­man Bren­nan added: “The player ac­cepted the charge and ac­cepted through his rep­re­sen­ta­tive that the en­try point was mid-range due to there be­ing di­rect con­tact to the head of the op­po­nent.

“The panel ac­knowl­edged his plea, his re­morse for the in­ci­dent and his apol­ogy, but could not give the player full mit­i­ga­tion of 50 per cent due to his hav­ing been sanc­tioned for dan­ger­ous tack­ling last sea­son.

“As such, the en­try point was re­duced by two weeks rather than three.”

Worces­ter full-back Chris Pen­nell, mean­while, was sus­pended for two weeks by the same panel af­ter be­ing cited fol­low­ing a tackle on Glouces­ter’s Char­lie Sharples.

Pen­nell, who pleaded guilty, can play again on De­cem­ber 18.

Sit­ting out: Banned Kyle East­mond.

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