Two-week ban for Francis

Date published: September 22 2016

Exeter prop Tomas Francis has been suspended for two weeks after pleading guilty to kicking, contrary to Law 10.4(c) against Harlequins.

His case was heard in Bristol on Wednesday.

Francis was sent off by referee Matthew Carley in the second-half of last weekend’s Premiership match between Exeter and Harlequins for allegedly kicking Danny Care, making contact with the head.

The incident was referred to the TMO for review before the Chiefs’ prop was red carded.

The player pleaded guilty to the charge and was banned for two weeks until October 3.

The disciplinary panel chairman Gareth Graham said: “The panel found this a low-end offence due to the fact that it was a glancing reckless contact between Francis’ shin and the back of Danny Care’s head which caused no injury.”

The panel comprised of Gareth Graham (chairman), John Doubleday and Mike Curling.