Watson handed two-week suspension

Date published: April 12 2016

Bath back Anthony Watson has been suspended for two weeks for his dangerous tackle and using offensive language towards a match official.

The charges against Watson were heard on Tuesday by an RFU disciplinary panel.

Watson was charged with tackling the player in the air, contrary to Law 10.4(i) and conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union and/or the Game, contrary to RFU Rule 5.12.

During the Premiership match between Bath and Saracens on April 1, Watson was red carded for tackling Alex Goode of Saracens while in the air.

Following the sending off Watson allegedly used offensive, inappropriate and unprofessional language and behaviour towards the fourth official.

Watson pleaded guilty to both charges and was given a two-week suspension (one week for each charge). He is free to play again on April 25. 

The three-person panel was chaired by Christopher Quinlan QC and also comprised of Gareth Graham and Ian Bremner.