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Wednesday, 4 October, 2000, 21:33 GMT 22:33 UK
Salter hit with ban
Matt Salter: Found guilty of
Matt Salter: Found guilty of "serious foul play"
Bristol's Matt Salter has been banned for 28 days by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary board.

The suspension follows an incident during Bristol's Zurich Premiership meeting with London Irish last month.

Salter, a former rugby league player with the London Broncos, was cited for a charge of "serious foul play" for which he pleaded guilty.

Although the match officials did not see the incident during Bristol's 30-26 defeat at the Memorial Ground, the flanker was found guilty of striking an opponent with his forearm.

The suspension will further weaken a struggling Bristol side, currently languishing second-from-bottom in the Zurich Premiership.

Fair

Salter was accompanied to the hearing by Bristol coach Dean Ryan, who believed the overall result was fair.

He said: "I didn't see the incident and nor did it show up on our video of the match. But London Irish presented me with their evidence and I accepted that Matt Salter was in the wrong.

"In my opinion a four-week ban was justified and that is the punishment the club has already handed out by not selecting him for the squad for the first part of the European Shield competition."

Salter will now miss Bristol's opening four European Shield matches against Parma (twice), Mont-de-Marsan and La Rochelle.

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