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Three-week ban for Matt Banahan for tackle on Anthony Allen

Last Updated: 05/12/12 10:42am

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Francois Louw becomes first player of three sent off in Leicester v Bath match

Francois Louw becomes first player of three sent off in Leicester v Bath match

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Bath star Matt Banahan has been banned for three weeks for his dangerous tackle on Anthony Allen.

The RFU disciplinary committee examined the incidents from the fiery Aviva Premiership clash between Leicester and Bath saw which saw three players sent off last weekend.

Banahan was banned until Christmas after pleading guilty to a dangerous tackle on Allen which means he misses Bath's Amlin Challenge Cup home and away fixtures against Calvisano and the Premiership game against Saracens.

Leicester forward Brett Deacon was also sent off - for punching Banahan in retaliation - and he was banned for one week, ruling him out of the Tigers' Heineken Cup match against Treviso this weekend.

Bath flanker Francois Louw, the first player to be sent off in the match after assistant referee ruled he had elbowed Geordan Murphy, had his citing dismissed.

But Bath hooker Lee Mears was banned for two weeks, having been cited following Leicester's 17-12 victory for punching or striking an opponent.

Mears will miss Bath's European fixtures but he will be available to face Saracens at The Rec on December 22.

The biggest suspension of the night was the five weeks handed down to London Irish No 8 Chris Hala'Ufia for a dangerous tackle on London Welsh player Seb Jewell.

The Tongan was dismissed for the challenge just 10 minutes into his side's 15-9 Aviva Premiership defeat by London Welsh on December 1.

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