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Beno Obano cops four game ban following Premiership final red card

Bath prop Beno Obano has been suspended for four matches following his red card against Northampton Saints in the Premiership final.

The England international was sent off for a high tackle in the 21st minute last Saturday, becoming only the second player to be sent off in a Premiership final.

The suspension will be reduced down to three games if he undertakes ‘tackle school’. Due to the timing of the suspension, it is unclear when he will serve the ban.

In a statement, an RFU spokesperson said: “The player admitted an act of foul play but disputed that it reached the red card threshold. The panel upheld the charge and the player received a four-match ban which will be reduced to three if he makes an application to World Rugby to undertake the Coaching Intervention Programme (CIP).

“Given the timing of this disciplinary hearing at the end of the domestic season, it is not immediately obvious which would be the next applicable meaningful fixtures for the purposes of sanction. These will be confirmed in due course.”

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Obano was a mainstay in the Bath front-row this season, racking up 23 appearances in all competitions. His form in the Blue, Black and White also earned him an England recall for the Six Nations, where he came off the bench against Italy in the opening game.

The prop has four England caps to his name, however he was omitted from the squad this summer.

Johann van Graan on the Beno Obano red card

Speaking after the 25-21 defeat at Twickenham, Johann van Graan had no complaints about the sending off of Beno Obano.

“That’s part of the game,” said the Bath Head of Rugby. “It makes it very difficult to play with 14 men. What I would say is we as a group stuck to our process and we made some tactical decisions at half-time and we fell just short with the last play of the game.”

“We win together and we lose together. As I said, I’m incredibly proud of the group that we fought and not only hung in there, but we believed we could win with the last play of the game.”

“All that I can do is adapt to the decisions made on the pitch. Obviously everybody wants a Premiership final with 15 on 15, but I thought Christophe (Ridley) went through the process with the TMO and his assistant referees and I think he’s been the best referee in the Premiership and all credit to him and well done in his first final. I shook his hands afterwards and we have no issue with the red card.”

Despite playing with 14-men for the best part of an hour, Bath pushed Northampton close, and nearly recorded one of the greatest victories in Premiership final history.

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