James Haskell will miss England’s opening two matches of the Six Nations after receiving a four-week ban.
The Wasps flank was red-carded for a dangerous tackle on Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts in the 76th minute of their European Champions Cup match.
‘The disciplinary committee upheld the red-card decision and as the tackle made contact with the head of the opposing player, it was obliged to find that the offence was at the mid-range of World Rugby’s sanctions and six weeks was therefore selected as the appropriate entry point,’ read the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) statement.
‘Taking into account the player’s good disciplinary record, his guilty plea and early expression of remorse, the committee decided to reduce the sanction by two weeks before imposing a suspension of four weeks.’
Haskell will therefore play no part in England’s games against Italy and Wales.
Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.
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