Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Perry Could Face Long Suspension

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Perry Could Face Long Suspension

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Byline: By Alan Hedley

Panel to rule on fight pair

FALCONS lock Andy Perry and Leicester Tigers prop Julian White will appear before an RFU disciplinary hearing tomorrow.

They have been summoned to face the panel in Coventry following their sending off for fighting during the Leicester v Newcastle Guinness Premiership match on Friday night.

Leicester have suspended White ahead of the hearing where he and Perry could face a 12-week ban ( or more ( given the RFU's promise to crack down on offenders.

The recommended sentence for punching (or fighting) is 12 weeks, but the panel has the power to suspend players for longer. They can also impose a lesser sentence in mitigating circumstances.

The Falcons have not suspended Perry.

Falcons director of Rugby Rob Andrew said: "We will wait until we see the referee's report and for the disciplinary hearing before seeing what, if any, action we will take.

"Having watched the match again on video over the weekend we haven't seen anything other than our player acting in self-defence."

TV video evidence appears to show White landing at least three punches on Perry while the Newcastle player is pinned to the ground and held by other Leicester players. He is also clearly kicked by another Leicester player.

None of those other players have been called to appear before the panel and that may count in Perry's favour while an earlier punch by the Falcons player on Tigers prop Graeme Rowntree will not if it is introduced in evidence.

The television coverage available also doesn't show what sparked White's attack on Perry.

Any ban for Perry will rule him out of the European Challenge Cup in the next couple of weeks and the Falcons are fortunate that they have Scotland lock Stuart Grimes (ribs) and Andy Buist (knee) close to a return. …

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