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Delon Armitage will miss England’s Rugby World Cup quarter final against France after being suspended for one match for a dangerous high tackle on Chris Paterson during the victory over Scotland.
Following a review of broadcast footage, the London Irish man was cited by Independent Citing Commissioner Scott Nowland (AUS) under Law 10.4(e) for a dangerous tackle in the Rugby World Cup 2011 Pool B match against Scotland in Auckland on 1 October.
The 27-year-old was suspended by Independent Judicial Officer Bruce Squire QC (NZL) in accordance with the Rugby World Cup 2011 Disciplinary process.
Having conducted a detailed review of all the evidence available, including all broadcast angles and additional evidence from the player and submissions from his legal representative, the Judicial Officer deemed the offence to be lower end offending which has an entry point of two weeks.
However, taking into account particular aspects of the offending which the Judicial Officer found justified a reduction from the proscribed entry point when taken into consideration with mitigating factors and the absence of aggravating factors, the player was suspended for a period of one match.
The suspension takes effect immediately will run up to and include October 8. He is free to resume playing on October 9.