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RFU Disciplinary Hearing: Anthony Watson

RFU Disciplinary Hearing: Anthony Watson

The charges against Anthony Watson of Bath Rugby were heard yesterday evening by an RFU disciplinary panel. Watson was charged with tackling the player in the air, contrary to law 10.4(i) and conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union and/or the Game, contrary to RFU Rule 5.12.

During the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Saracens on 1 April, Watson was red carded for tackling Alex Goode of Saracens while in the air.

Following the sending off Watson allegedly used offensive, inappropriate and unprofessional language and behaviour towards the fourth official.

Watson pleaded guilty to both charges and was given a two week suspension (one week for each charge). He is free to play again on 25 April. 

The three-person panel was chaired by Christopher Quinlan QC and also comprised of Gareth Graham and Ian Bremner.

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