sport news Owen Farrell is banned for FIVE GAMES for his reckless high tackle against Wasps

England captain Owen Farrell is saved from a potential 10-match ban by his CHARITY WORK as rugby bosses halve the maximum suspension for reckless high tackle Owen Farrell has been handed a five-game ban for a high tackle against Wasps The England captain will miss Saracens' European quarter-final vs Leinster He will also miss the potential semi-final and the rest of the league campaign  Farrell's clean record and good character saw his initial 10-game ban halved 

By Chris Foy For Mailonline

Published: 00:10 BST, 9 September 2020 | Updated: 11:58 BST, 9 September 2020

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Owen Farrell is out of Saracens' Heineken European Cup quarter-final against Leinster - and a potential semi-final too - after receiving a five-match ban for his reckless hit on Wasps rookie Charlie Atkinson.

The England captain faced a disciplinary hearing by video link and was found guilty of a dangerous tackle, which earned him a red card during last Saturday's Premiership encounter at Allianz Park. Farrell accepted the charge, but his relatively clean record and good character - the founders of a charity he works with spoke up for him - worked in his favour.

He was ruled to have committed a 'top-end' offence - due to forceful contact with Atkinson's head - but the three-man judicial panel applied the maximum 50 per cent reduction, to halve the recommended 10-game suspension. He is free to play again on October 5, by which time Saracens' Premiership campaign will be over, so Farrell has made his last top-flight appearance for at least a year. 

Owen Farrell has been handed a five-game ban for a reckless high tackle against Wasps

Owen Farrell has been handed a five-game ban for a reckless high tackle against Wasps

Panel chairman Mike Hamlin said: 'It was accepted by the RFU, the player and the panel that the offending was reckless and not intentional. This was a totally unacceptable contact with the neck/head of Charlie Atkinson as a result of a reckless tackle which had the consequences of him being knocked unconscious and sustaining a concussion. This resulted in the panel concluding that this was a top-end offence with an entry point of 10 matches. There were no aggravating features.

'Testimonials provided by Mark McCall, Eddie Jones and the founders of a charity with which the player works very closely were of the highest quality. The panel concluded that applying the

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