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Published: 14:50 | 27/4/16

Marler banned for two weeks


Harlequins prop Joe Marler has been suspended for two weeks for foul play.

The England star was cited for kicking hooker Arnaud Heguy during Harlequins 30-6 European Challenge Cup win over Grenoble, in what was his first appearance since being banned for calling Wales' Samson Lee "Gypsy boy" during the Six Nations.

The disciplinary panel found him guilty of foul play but decided not to take into account his recent two-week suspension and reduced the ban from four weeks to two.

"The [disciplinary] committee found that Marler had committed an act of foul play that warranted a red card. It determined that the offence was at the low end of World Rugby's sanctions and selected four weeks as the appropriate entry point," a statement from European Professional Club Rugby read.

"In deciding to disregard the player's recent suspension as it was of an entirely different nature, the committee then reduced the sanction by two weeks - 50 per cent of the entry point - before imposing a suspension of two weeks.

"Marler is free to play on Monday, May 9. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision."

The ban means Marler will miss Harlequins' last two Premiership games, but he will be free to play in the Challenge Cup final against Montpellier on May 13.

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