Marler and Ioane given suspensions

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Harlequins prop Joe Marler and Sale Sharks flanker TJ Ioane have both pleaded to charges brought against them and have received suspensions.

Marler, 27, pleaded guilty to the charge for striking with the shoulder and making contact with Sale Sharks’ TJ Ioane, contrary to law 9.12, and has received a six-week suspension and is available to play again on 20 February 2018.

He appeared before an independent disciplinary panel on Tuesday after receiving a red card from referee Matt Carley in the 58th minute during Saturday’s Aviva Premiership match at AJ Bell Stadium against Sale Sharks. 

“The panel found that contact was made with the head of TJ Ioane and as a result the mandatory entry point is mid-range," said the chairman of the panel Philip Evans QC.
"The panel considered that the player's previous record was such that it required an additional period of suspension of one week, however because of his plea, his conduct since the incident took place and other personal mitigation, the panel allowed some reduction.”

Ioane, 28, who was cited by independent citing commissioner Shaun Gallagher for striking Harlequin's Joe Marler with the arm, contrary to law 9.12, was heard on papers by an independent disciplinary panel.
The incident occurred in the 53rd minute of Saturday’s match and Ioane consented to the matter being dealt with on papers and pleaded guilty to the charge. He was suspended for a period of two weeks and is available to play again on 23 January 2018.

The panel comprised Philip Evans QC (chair) with Aidan O’Brien and Becky Essex.

For background detail on panel members please click here. For the latest sanctions table (RFU Regulation 19 Appendix 2) please click here.