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Grieve Given One-Week Suspension

Published on 14th March 2011 by Tom Tainton

Bristol captain disciplined following dismissal for foul play

Bristol Rugby Club have issued Iain Grieve with a one-week suspension following his dismissal in the 44-15 defeat to Worcester in Championship play-offs Pool A opener.

The Bristol captain was shown a red card by referee Dean Richards after an incident involving Worcester fly-half Andy Goode when tempers flared during the second-half.

After reviewing footage of the match, the club have taken swift action to deal with the matter internally. Bristol do not condone violent behaviour on the field of play and proudly uphold the values and ethics of the sport. Prior to Sunday, the last sending off for a Bristol player in a first team game was February 2004.

Grieve said: “I fully accept the consequences of my actions and understand the club’s decision to issue a one-week suspension. I do not take my role as captain lightly and I would like to apologise to my teammates and supporters. I will be doing my utmost to make amends during the remainder of the play-off campaign.”

Grieve faces an RFU disciplinary panel within the next ten days and will miss the play-off fixture against Nottingham at Meadow Lane on Sunday 20 March.