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Malouf disciplinary hearing verdict

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Leicester Tigers wing Nick Malouf has been handed a three-week ban following an independent disciplinary panel hearing. 

Malouf was cited by independent citing commissioner Paul Hull for a dangerous tackle on Wasps wing Christian Wade in the 20th minute of the match at Welford Road on Sunday.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and was given a suspension of three weeks. He is free to play again on April 17. The period of suspension includes a Premiership ‘A’ League fixture on April 1, which the panel determined was meaningful having heard evidence from the club, as well as two Aviva Premiership fixtures.

Panel chair John Brennan said: "The player accepted that he had committed an act of foul play which passed the red card test. The panel found that the player had struck the Wasps player's head. This required a mid-range entry point in accordance with the sanction table.
"Given the player's guilty plea and his clean disciplinary record, the panel allowed full mitigation of 50 per cent. He was suspended for a period of three weeks.”

The panel comprised John Brennan (chair) with Ruth Middleton and Nigel Stelling.