By Ali Stokes
Leicester Tigers lock Will Spencer has been handed a four-week ban following his disciplinary hearing in Bristol earlier tonight.
See the incident below.
Spencer pleaded not guilty and maintained that any contact made with Taylor was limited to the top of his shoulder and that no contact had been made with Taylor's head.
The Leicester forward's was handed a mid-range ban, starting at six weeks. Spencer's clean record and acceptance of the red card sanction both on and off the field saw the ban reduced by two weeks.
Panel chair Euan Ambrose said. "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 and 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 4 weeks. He was not eligible for the full credit due to his not guilty plea. He is free to play again on the 16 October 2018.”
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