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Williams banned for one week

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Leicester Tigers flanker Mike Williams has been suspended for one week following an independent disciplinary hearing in London today arising from the Champions Cup match against Racing 92 last Saturday.

Williams was cited by match citing commissioner Stefano Marrama for charging into a ruck and making contact with the head/face area of the Racing centre Henry Chavancy in contravention of Law 10.4 (h).

An independent disciplinary committee consisting of Roger Morris (Wales, Chairman), Jennifer Donovan (Ireland) and Tommy Dalton (Ireland) heard evidence and submissions from Williams, who pleaded guilty, from Leicester’s legal representative Sam Jones and from the club's rugby co-ordinator Dave Bassett. The committee also heard submissions from the EPCR disciplinary officer Liam McTiernan.

The committee upheld the citing complaint and determined that the offence had warranted a red card. The committee found the offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and selected two weeks as the appropriate entry point.

They reduced the sanction by one week due to the player's guilty plea, expression of remorse and immediate apology before imposing a suspension of one week.

Williams is free to play on October 23. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.