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Bath's Matt Banahan and Lee Mears have suspension appeals dismissed

Last Updated: 06/12/12 7:30pm

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Matt Banahan: Appeal rejected

Matt Banahan: Appeal rejected

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Bath players Matt Banahan and Lee Mears have seen their appeals against suspensions dismissed.

Banahan was given a three-week ban on Tuesday after he was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Anthony Allen during last weekend's Aviva Premiership clash against Leicester.

Mears was cited for punching in the same game and was handed a two-week ban.

Their appeals were heard - and rejected - by Gareth Rees QC with centre Banahan remaining sidelined until December 24 and hooker Mears being able to return seven days earlier.

London Irish No 8 Chris Hala'Ufia meanwhile appealed his five-week ban imposed after he was red-carded for a tip tackle against London Welsh last Saturday.

A decision on that appeal is expected on Friday.

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