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Armitage has a long ban for tip tackle.

ENGLAND international Delon Armitage last night received an eight-week ban after being cited for a tip tackle in last weekend's Heineken Cup game between Toulon and Montpellier.

The suspension was announced by European Rugby Cup tonight following Toulon full-back Armitage's appearance at a disciplinary hearing in Dublin.

Armitage, who has a poor disciplinary record, pleaded not guilty to the offence, but his suspension means he cannot play again until March 18, which is three weeks before Toulon's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leicester.

Armitage was yellow-carded by referee Alain Rolland following the first-half incident that involved Montpellier full-back Pierre Berard, but a complaint was then made against Armitage by citing commissioner Shaun Gallagher.

Independent judicial officer Robert Williams heard evidence and submissions from Armitage and Toulon team manager Tom Whitford.

Former London Irish player Armitage, 29, received an eight-week ban in early 2011 for pushing a doping officer and using abusive language when asked to provide a urine specimen after a Premiership game.

That was followed the same year by suspensions for striking an opponent, a dangerous high tackle on Bath wing Tom Biggs and for a high tackle during England's final pool fixture of the 2011 World Cup against Scotland.

Armitage has won 26 England caps, but he is not part of the current squad.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 25, 2013
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