Armitage appeal verdict delayed


Published: Thursday 8th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Toulon full-back Delon Armitage must wait until Friday to discover the outcome of his appeal against the 12-week ban issued for using abusive language after his hearing was adjourned.

Armitage was found to have directed a foul-mouthed tirade at Leicester supporters in the aftermath of Toulon’s 25-21 Champions Cup defeat at Welford Road on December 7.

The three-man appeal panel that met in London on Thursday has chosen to delay their verdict overnight.

“The hearing convened to consider the appeal by Delon Armitage has adjourned for the evening,” read a statement released by European Professional Club Rugby

“The appeal committee heard submissions on behalf of Armitage and on behalf of the EPCR disciplinary officer. They will reconvene on Friday to determine their decision and issue it to all parties.”

After the reigning European champions had lost to Leicester, Armitage made a number of comments within earshot of spectators – including children – using foul and abusive language.

In a damning verdict released by the hearing that imposed the 12-week suspension, the former England international was found to be “an habitual offender” with “an appalling disciplinary record”.

Armitage was banned for eight weeks in 2011 after a misconduct complaint for using threatening and/or abusive language towards an anti-doping official was upheld and he has also been suspended on three separate occasions for incidents of foul play on the pitch.

Published: Thursday 8th January 2015 by The News Editor

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