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RFU Disciplinary: Chris Pennell

RFU Disciplinary: Chris Pennell

Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors) appeared before an independent disciplinary panel this evening.

The Warriors’ fullback was charged with tackling Charlie Sharples of Gloucester Rugby whose feet were off the ground causing him to land in a dangerous position, contrary to Law 9.17. The incident occurred in the 57th minute of the match between Gloucester Rugby and Worcester Warriors on Saturday 1 December.

Pennell plead guilty and the independent disciplinary panel comprising of John Brennan (chair), Matt Bayliss and Tony Wheat suspended him for two weeks. He is free to play again on 18 December 2018.

Independent panel chair John Brennan said: “The panel accepted that this was a reckless challenge caused by a misjudgement on the player’s part.  Fortunately, no significant injury was caused. The panel found the entry point was low-end. There were no aggravating features and the player was entitled to full mitigation of 50% because he admitted the charge, had a hitherto unblemished record, despite a long career, and had expressed remorse.”

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