Armitage slapped with three week ban

London Irish and England full-back Delon Armitage has been given his second suspension of the season – just over a month after coming back from an eight-week suspension.

The 27-year-old missed the whole of this year’s Six Nations for pushing an anti-doping officer and was banned this time for three weeks for striking Northampton Saints’ Stephen Myler with his hand during the Aviva Premiership match at the Madejski Stadium on April 23.

Armitage, who pleaded guilty, was suspended from May 4 to May 10 and May 24 to June 6 by an RFU Disciplinary Panel of Jeremy Summers (chair), Philip Evans and Peter Budge.

Summers: “This offence was assessed at being at the low end of the scale of seriousness, and as such led to an entry point suspension of two weeks.

“The player’s record, and the fact that he had recently returned from a period of suspension, was an aggravating feature which warranted an increase in that suspension by one week.

“The overall suspension of three weeks will not apply between May 8 and 23 as the player will have no games in that period.”

“He is accordingly ineligible to play from May 4 to May 10 and May 24 to June 6, and will not be able to have any match day involvement during those periods.”

The ban has been split as his club London Irish cannot qualify for the end of season play-offs.

It means Armitage will miss sixth-placed Irish’s final league game away to leaders Leicester this Saturday and also England’s match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on May 29, damaging his hopes of selection for the World Cup squad in New Zealand later.


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