Mike Brown’s Harlequins career is over as appeal fails


The Harlequins profession of Mike Brown is over after the ex-England full-back failed in his attraction to get a discount in the six-match ban he was given for a red-carded stamp earlier this month. Brown was despatched off in opposition to Wasps on Might 9 for touchdown his boot on the top of Tommy Taylor and the suspension he was given ended his 17-year keep at Quins because the membership had solely a most of six video games remaining of their season in the event that they went all the best way to the Gallagher Premiership closing.

Brown would have hoped a profitable attraction would have introduced a diminished suspension, releasing him to look once more for Harlequins previous to his two-year deal at Newcastle. Nevertheless, his hopes of a reprieve have been dashed and an RFU assertion on his attraction learn: “Harlequins’ Mike Brown attended a web based disciplinary attraction listening to final evening [Wednesday] in entrance of an unbiased disciplinary panel comprising Richard Whittam QC (chair), with Daniel White and Dr Julian Morris.

“Brown was interesting his six-match suspension, which was given for stamping or trampling opposite to World Rugby legislation 9.12.

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“On the authentic disciplinary listening to on Might 11, Brown accepted the cost in opposition to him and was given the suspension by an unbiased panel of Matthew Weaver (chair), Rob Vickerman and Mitch Learn.  Full particulars might be present in the judgment right here.

“An unbiased panel assertion following final evening’s listening to learn: ‘The attraction was dismissed. The attraction panel didn’t settle for the submissions that the disciplinary panel had decide to which no affordable physique might have come, significantly making an allowance for that the burden is on the participant to determine on the steadiness of chances that no affordable disciplinary panel might have come to the identical conclusion. The unique sanction stands’.”

The unique six-game ban appeared to have been the very best consequence that might have been wished for by Brown, given the stamp was categorised as a top-end offence. Nevertheless, Harlequins introduced on Might 20 that it was their intention to attraction the suspension.

If Brown was to efficiently have his sanction diminished, it wanted the foul play to be reclassified as a middle-end offence the place the sample of punishment this season at hearings had been for a six-game entry level to be diminished to a three-match ban as soon as the 50 per cent mitigation is utilized. Nevertheless, the attraction committee maintained that the offence belonged within the top-end class, leading to Brown’s try to get a discount being unsuccessful.

  • For RFU regulation 19 please click on right here. Info regarding appeals in opposition to a call of an RFU disciplinary panel might be present in part 19.12.


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