Bath fly-half Freddie Burns has been handed a three week ban following his red card incident in the recently concluded Aviva Premiership encounter against Worcester Warriors at Recreation Ground last weekend.
Burns, who was on his first start for Bath was sent-off in the 62nd minute following a dangerous tackle on Worcester Warriors winger Josh Adams but despite the setback, Todd Blackadder's men went on to win the game 29-13.
The 27-year-old appeared in front of an RFU disciplinary panel headed by chairman Gareth Graham on Tuesday evening.
"The panel heard evidence from the player as to the tackle and concluded that this was a reckless tackle that had, by the player's own admission, 'gone wrong' as opposed to an intentional act of foul play," said Graham in a statement released by RFU.
"Given that there was no injury to the Worcester player, the panel found it was a low-end entry point.
"The player accepted the charge in full, apologised immediately on-field and to the Worcester player post-match and has a clear disciplinary record. Therefore the panel gave full mitigation reducing the sanction to three weeks".
Burns will be free to play again from 31st October.
With the win on Saturday, Bath have moved to the fifth position in the table with 19 points from six games.
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