Ed Slater handed two-week ban

Leicester forward Ed Slater has received a two-week suspension
Leicester forward Ed Slater has received a two-week suspension

European Professional Club Rugby confirmed that Leicester forward Ed Slater has been handed a two-week suspension after striking at an opponent during the European Champions Cup clash against Glasgow Warriors.

The 28-year-old admitted guilty of hitting Glasgow prop Zander Fagerson and was already serving a two-week ban handed to him by Leicester Tigers after an internal inquiry.

A statement released by EPCR confirmed that Slater will be eligible to return to action from 6th February.

"The committee upheld the citing complaint and determined that the offence had warranted a red card.

"Following recent sanction guidelines concerning strikes to the head, the committee was required to find that the offence was at the mid-range of World Rugby's sanctions, and four weeks was selected as the appropriate entry point.

"Taking into account Slater's guilty plea, his good disciplinary record and his expression of remorse, the committee reduced the sanction by the maximum of 50 per cent before imposing a two-week suspension.

"The committee also accepted that Slater would have been considered for selection for Leicester Tigers' Anglo-Welsh Cup fixtures, and given that he has already served one week of an internal two-week suspension imposed by the club, Slater will be free to play on Monday, February 6."