Hartley set to miss the Lions Tour
May 26, 2013
Dylan Hartley has been suspended for 11 weeks following the Aviva Premiership final after Northampton Saints lost to Leicester on Saturday.
Hartley, Saints skipper and Lions hooker, received a red card after swearing at the referee, Wayne Barnes, and calling him a F****** Cheat!
RFU have issued Dylan with an 11 week ban, ruling him out of the entire Lions tour to Australia this summer. Hartley can still appeal the ban, however a Lions statements said:
"The British and Irish Lions have been informed of the sanction imposed on Dylan Hartley by an RFU disciplinary panel.
"Warren Gatland and his fellow coaches will now consider all their options before making any further announcement."
Northampton coach Jim Mallinder said Hartley's claim was backed up by a number of other senior players.
"I asked Dylan at half-time and I've just asked him again 'what happened? What did you say?' He said he was talking to Tom Youngs," said Mallinder.
"If you talk like that to a player I wouldn't expect anything to happen. Clearly, Wayne Barnes has believed Dylan has spoken to him.
"I support Dylan. He is my captain. If he says he wasn't speaking to the referee and he was speaking to a player on the floor I can only support what he says."