Leicester Tigers will be without the services of Will Spencer for the next month after a ban was issued to the player.
The lock was given a red card during the Tigers’ defeat to Wasps at the weekend for a challenge that was deemed a ‘dangerous tackle’ on Tommy Taylor.
Having appeared before an independent disciplinary panel, Spencer was given a four week ban, and is free to play again from Tuesday, 16 October.
Panel Chair, Euan Ambrose, had this to say on the matter in a statement, revealing that Spencer’s previous good conduct prevented the suspension from being even longer:
“The Panel considered carefully the oral evidence of the player, the written evidence of Tommy Taylor and the Wasps medical report, alongside the video footage. (They) found on the balance of probabilities that this was a reckless tackle that resulted in direct, forceful contact to the head of Tommy Taylor.
“The Panel rejected the player’s evidence that any contact with the opposition player had been limited to the top of his shoulder, with no contact being made to his head. Given that finding, the mandatory mid-range entry point was applied.
“The player was given credit for his previous clear record, his conduct both at the hearing and his acceptance of the on-field decision and his off-field references, which reduced the sanction to four weeks. He was not eligible for the full credit due to his not guilty plea.”
Many observers don’t see the controversy in what they perceive to be an appropriate reaction for a high tackle.
Others aren’t happy with the decision, however. Among those was interim-head coach Geordan Murphy. He had initially claimed the game has gone too “PC” in light of the sending off, but has since backtracked from those comments.