Exeter decide not to hand further punishment to Craig Mitchell

Last Updated: 03/07/13 4:07pm

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Craig Mitchell: Six-month suspended prison sentence

Craig Mitchell: Six-month suspended prison sentence

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Exeter have warned Craig Mitchell that his contract will be terminated if he falls foul of the law again over the next six months.

The Wales international was given a six-month suspended prison sentence and fined £1,070 for punching a man in a bar in Brisbane last weekend.

Exeter issued a statement insisting the fine and sentence were "sufficient punishment", but the Chiefs warned they will not tolerate any further off-field controversies.

The statement read: "Exeter Rugby Club chief executive Tony Rowe OBE and head coach Rob Baxter have reviewed closely CCTV footage and discussed in depth the incident involving first-team squad member Craig Mitchell.

"Following this review process, the club have found Craig Mitchell guilty of bringing not only the club, but also the game of Rugby Union, into disrepute.

"The club feel the six-month suspended sentence, together with the fine imposed on the player by the Australian authorities, is sufficient punishment.

"However, Craig Mitchell has been given a written warning by the club that should he transgress in a similar way over the next six months, then his contract with Exeter Rugby Club could be terminated at the club's digression.

"The club once again re-iterates its previous stance that it does not condone law breaking of any kind and will continue to stress with all of its employees the importance of acting as positive ambassadors - even in difficult and unwanted circumstances.

"Craig Mitchell wishes to express his remorse not only to the victim and those involved in the incident, but also to Exeter Rugby Club, the Welsh Rugby Union and his family."

Mitchell admitted a charge of aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm after a fight broke out between his friends and a group of Lions supporters in the bar.

Brisbane magistrates also ordered the prop to pay £1,800 in damages to his victim, Cian Barry, who was reportedly knocked unconscious by the blow.

"My actions were totally unacceptable and unforgivable," said the former Ospreys forward, who signed a one-year extension to his contract with Exeter last season.

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