Sale Sharks and England wing Denny Solomoma receives ban following verbal abuse during Premiership victory over Worcester.
Solomona has been handed a four-week ban for "conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union or the game, contrary to RFU Rule 5.12." The misconduct allegedly involved multiple homophobic slurs made towards Warriors' fly-half Jamie Shillcock.
The New Zealand-born wing contested the charge but was found guilty by a three-person independent disciplinary panel. Solomona is free to play from March 8th.
Panel Chair Samantha Hillas said: “The panel found that the player used language that was verbally abusive on more than one occasion in quick succession.
“The comments were offensive and have no place on the rugby field. However, the Panel accepted that they were said in the heat of the moment rather than premeditated.
“For these reasons, the panel deemed it was a low end entry point which carries a six week suspension as a starting point. The player did not accept the charge but all other mitigating features were present. The panel therefore reduced the sanction to four weeks.”
The panel comprised Samantha Hillas (chair) with Leon Lloyd and Tony Wheat.
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