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Mike Brown handed five week ban following double yellow card

Leicester Tigers back Mike Brown has been handed a five game suspension following his double yellow card against Bristol Bears. 

He will only serve two this season, tonight’s friendly against Black Lion and next weekend’s clash with Sale Sharks; however the rest of the ban will be served next season.

The former England international was handed his first yellow card for a technical penalty and one for foul play. He was later charged with verbal abuse towards match officials.

In a statement, Panel chair, Philip Evans KC said: “The player accepted the charge of conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union and the game by disrespecting the authority of a match official. The panel suspended the player for five weeks, three of which are suspended until the end of the 24/25 season and on condition that the player gives a presentation on the values of the game which is to be recorded and shared with the RFU for educational use and to help demonstrate why such behaviour will not be tolerated in rugby.”

“The player also received two yellow cards in the match which he did not challenge. The applicable sanction where one card is for a technical offence and one is for foul play is sending off sufficient and in the absence of any aggravating features specific to this matter (the misconduct being brought as a separate charge), this was the sanction applied.”

Brown joined the Tigers in 2023 on an initial two-week trial, but has gone onto make 26 appearances for the club. He signed a new deal with the club in January of this year to keep him at the club for another season.