Exeter captain Jack Yeandle has received a three-week ban after he was sent off in his side’s Gallagher Premiership defeat against Sale.
He was red-carded by referee Karl Dickson for dangerous play in a ruck or maul. It followed Yeandle’s shoulder making contact with Sale hooker Curtis Langdon’s head.
It’s yet another breakdown red card, a bit of a trend of late.
Yeandle, who had never previously received a red or yellow card in more than 200 Chiefs games, had his case heard on papers by an independent disciplinary panel.
The Rugby Football Union said that Yeandle accepted the charge.
His suspension means that he will miss Exeter’s next three Premiership games against Bath, Harlequins and Leicester.