English starter Owen Farrell received a red card from referee Christophe Ridley in the 61st minute of the match between Saracens and Wasps on Saturday 5 September due to a dangerous tackle on Charlie Atkinson, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.13.
The England captain accepted the position and the independent panel composed of Mike Hamlin (chair) with Gareth Graham and Leon Lloyd gave him a five-game suspension.
Panel Chair Mike Hamlin said: “The RFU, the player and the panel agreed that the infraction was reckless and unintentional. It was a totally unacceptable contact with Charlie Atkinson’s neck / head as a result of a reckless tackle. Which he had the consequences of the player being left unconscious and suffering a concussion. This led the Panel to conclude that it was a high-level infraction with an initial penalty of ten games. There were no aggravating features. “
“Testimonials provided by Mark McCall, Eddie Jones and the founders of a charity the player works closely with were of the highest quality. The Panel concluded that mitigating factors were applied and that the player was entitled to a reduction from ten games to five suspension games. “
In this way, Farrell will miss the quarterfinals of the Champions Cup with Saracens and will only be able to play again on October 5.