Owen Farrell banned from hearing live: England captain banned five games after horror tackle


How long could Farrell be banned?

The RFU Penalty Entry Point regulations state that any act of foul play that results in head and / or neck contact will result in at least one mid-range sanction.

So on paper, the minimum punishment No.10 can receive is a six week ban if it is considered a midrange offense.

But, in reality, he could theoretically end up with a three-week ban, as panels have the discretion to cut penalties to half.

Given that Farrell has only served one two-week ban in his career – despite concerns and recent incidents around his tackling technique – coupled with the fact that he apologized to Atkinson and As he does the same on the sidelines, he’s likely to see a reduction of some sort.

The high-end entry point is at least 10 weeks, while the maximum ban it could receive is actually one year.

He is almost certainly excluded from the Saracens Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster on September 19 and could well miss the end of Gallagher’s Premiership season.

He is also at risk of missing England matches, with Eddie Jones’ side making their first outing since March on October 25 against the Barbarians, before ending the Six Nations against Italy on October 31. Farrell’s ban is expected to exceed seven weeks before he can miss any international game.


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