Bath hooker Ross Batty suspended for three weeks

Ross Batty can resume playing from 5th February
Ross Batty can resume playing from 5th February
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Bath Rugby hooker Ross Batty has been handed a ban of three weeks following his red-card incident in the recently concluded Gallagher Premiership clash against Leicester Tigers at Recreation Ground.

The 32-year-old as sent-off in the 64th minute for a dangerous tackle on Worcester flanker Sam Lewis in the game that was won by Worcester Warriors with a 21-19 margin.

Batty appeared before a three-man independent disciplinary committee in Bristol on Tuesday and was given a mid-range sanction of six weeks that was reduced by half taking into account his conduct during hearing and other mitigating factors.

"A mid-range point was mandated," panel chair Jeremy Summers said.

"Taking in to account all the circumstances, the panel was satisfied that a top-end entry point was not required.

"The player had a clear record, accepted the offence and plainly regretted his actions. As such a 50% reduction from the entry point was allowed."

Bath will now face Wasps and Toulouse in the next two rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup on 12th and 20th January respectively.

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