England international handed ban for his role in brawl

Exeter Chiefs prop Harry Williams has been handed a two-week suspension after being shown a red card during the Premiership victory over Saracens.

England international Williams became involved in a ferocious mass brawl which broke out on the sideline during the 77th minute at Sandy Park.

Williams had earlier been substituted following a head injury, but dashed from the technical area to join in the fracas, which was sparked after Duncan Taylor had clashed with Exeter scrum-half Nic White.

Once tempers had calmed down and order restored, Williams was subsequently shown a red card by referee Wayne Barnes, who declared his behaviour “not acceptable”.

Williams appeared before an independent disciplinary panel on Thursday evening, where he accepted the charge which was “for acts contrary to good sportsmanship, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.27”.

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