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I should have had a more lenient ban given my record, says Haskell

 

By Tom Allnutt

England flanker James Haskell believes his disciplinary record should have counted more in his favour after he received a four-week ban for a dangerous tackle on Jamie Roberts.

Haskell will miss Wasps' final European pool match against Ulster after being penalised for a high challenge on Roberts during their defeat by Harlequins last weekend.

The 32-year-old accepted his tackle deserved punishment, but feels his past history - which includes a total of five weeks out for head-butting in 2008 and punching in 2012 - should have been considered.

"Obviously it's really disappointing, it was a complete accident, there was no intent in it," Haskell said.

"I've had an exemplary record since 2012 but they couldn't give me full discount because I didn't have a completely clean record.

"They want to make rugby safe, and I agree if you make contact with the head it's a dangerous play.

"The right verdict came out, I just wish I had the dispensation for essentially playing 16 years of professional rugby and having two things on my record, both for completely innocuous stuff."

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