Sale Sharks to not appeal against Denny Solomona ban

Denny Solomona is on a four-week suspension
Denny Solomona is on a four-week suspension
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Sale Sharks have confirmed that they will not appeal against the ban of England international Denny Solomona following a homophobic slur during the Aviva Premiership game against Worcester Warriors last month.

Solomona's comments were directed at Worcester Warriors fly-half Jamie Shillcock in the second half of the game with the latter going on to complain to referee Andrew Jackson after he was tackled by the rugby league convert. The referee halted the game during the 55th minute and conveyed to Shillock and acting Sale captain that he could not hear anything and the issue will be dealt at the conclusion of the match.

He was initially handed a ban of six weeks that was reduced to four considering the mitigating factors. As a result, Solomona has been banned until 8th May and will be seen in action this season only if Sale Sharks make it to the play-offs

A statement released by the club revealed their disappointment on the action of Solomona and further confirmed that there will be no appeal made.

"[Denny] is a decent and honest person and maintains that no homophobic words were exchanged," read the statement.

"After serious consideration, Sale Sharks have come to the conclusion that there are significant risks as well as legal and financial hurdles in pursuing an appeal.

"As a consequence, Sale Sharks do not believe that it is in the interests of either Denny, the club or the game of rugby union to prolong this sad affair."

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