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Slater banned after Euro citing

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Leicester Tigers second row Ed Slater has been suspended for two weeks following an independent disciplinary hearing in London today arising from the European Champions Cup match against Glasgow Warriors at Welford Road.

Slater was cited by the citing commissioner Jeff Mark (Wales) for striking the Glasgow Warriors prop Zander Fagerson in contravention of Law 10.4 (a).
An independent disciplinary committee consisting of David Martin (Ireland) chairman, David Hurley (Ireland) and Roddy Dunlop QC (Scotland), heard evidence and submissions from Slater, who pleaded guilty, from Tigers head of rugby operations Ged Glynn and from the club’s legal representative Sam Jones. The committee also heard evidence and submissions from the EPCR disciplinary officer Liam McTiernan.
The committee upheld the citing complaint and determined that the offence had warranted a red card. Following recent sanction guidelines concerning strikes to the head, the committee was required to find that the offence was at the mid-range of World Rugby's sanctions and four weeks was selected as the appropriate entry point.
Taking into account Slater's guilty plea, his good disciplinary record and his expression of remorse, the committee reduced the sanction by the maximum of 50 per cent before imposing a two-week suspension.
The committee accepted that Slater would have been considered for selection for Leicester’s Anglo-Welsh Cup fixtures and, given that he has already served one week of an internal two-week suspension imposed by the club, he will be free to play on February 6.
Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.