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Bath Rugby’s Ross Batty handed three-week ban

Bath Rugby’s Ross Batty handed three-week ban

Ross Batty has been banned for three weeks for his red card offence in Bath Rugby’s defeat to Worcester Warriors.

The Blue, Black and Whites hooker appeared before an independent disciplinary panel on Tuesday evening.

Batty was shown a red card by referee Ian Tempest in the 63rd minute of the match Worcester Warriors v Bath Rugby on Saturday 5 January 2019.

This was for dangerous play contrary to Law 9.11.

The player accepted the charge and was suspended for three weeks by the independent panel comprising Jeremy Summers (chair), Martin Picton and John Doubleday.

He is free to play again on Tuesday 5 February 2019.

Panel chair Jeremy Summers said: “The player accepted his conduct involved a dangerous neck roll. Given there was contact with the head a mid-range point was mandated.

“Taking in to account all the circumstances the panel was however satisfied that a top end entry point was not required.

“The player had a clear record, accepted the offence and plainly regretted his actions. As such a 50% reduction from the entry point was allowed.”

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