Vickery suspended until Christmas

England captain Phil Vickery was banned from playing until December 25 after being punished for trampling upon French forward Thibaut Privat while playing for London Wasps against Clermont Auvergne during a European Cup tie earlier this month.


Vickery, a prop, pleaded guilty to foul play at a disciplinary hearing here Wednesday after being cited for trampling upon lock forward Privat during a December 8 match that French club Clermont won 37-27 at their Parc des Sports Marcel-Michelin home ground.

An independent disciplinary committee chaired by Scotland’s Rod McKenzie found the offence was of the low end in the level of seriousness.

Having taking into account any mitigating and aggravating factors the Committee suspended Vickery for a period of two weeks, back dated to Wednesday, December 12 with the ban running up to and including Tuesday, December 25.

He’d already been left out by Wasps on disciplinary grounds of last weekend’s return European Cup pool fixture at Adams Park against Clermont, which his club won 25-24.

Vickery, who led England at the World Cup where they reached the final before losing 15-6 to South Africa in October’s final in Paris, will now miss Wasps’s English Premiership match away to Bristol on Saturday.

But he will be available for the home Premiership game against Bath on December 29.  

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