Mike Brown’s 16-year stint at Harlequins ends in heartbreak as full-back is handed a SIX-week ban

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Mike Brown’s 16-year stint at Harlequins ends in heartbreak as full-back is handed a SIX-week ban following stamp against Wasps on Sunday… meaning he has played his last match for the club

  • Mike Brown was sent off in the 44th minute for Harlequins against Wasps 
  • The Quins full-back was held by Tommy Taylor and stamped on the hooker’s face
  • Brown has now been handed a six-week ban as a result of his red card on Sunday
  • Brown leaves Quins at the end of the season after 16 years to join Newcastle 

Mike Brown’s Harlequins career was brought to a sad and sudden end yesterday after the full back was banned for the remainder for the season.

The former England international was handed a six-week suspension after being sent off for stamping on the head of Wasps hooker Tommy Taylor on Sunday. 

The 35-year-old has been at Harlequins for 17 years but will leave the club this summer after agreeing a move to Newcastle.

Mike Brown’s Harlequins career is over after he was punished for his stamp against Wasps 

The 35-year-old was held by Tommy Taylor in a ruck before he stamped on the hooker's face

The 35-year-old was held by Tommy Taylor in a ruck before he stamped on the hooker’s face

The six-week suspension means Brown will not have another opportunity to represent the club, even if they reach this season’s Premiership final. His ban was reduced from 12 weeks because of a clean disciplinary record. He is unlikely to appeal against the verdict.

The disciplinary statement said: ‘The panel reviewed extensive video footage which included numerous angles and speeds and heard direct evidence from the player as to his actions and intentions. Having considered the totality of the evidence the panel was satisfied that whilst this was a stamp to the head, it was not deliberate.

‘Given the location of the contact and the nature of the actions the panel considered that this was a top end entry point but that there was no reason to go above the starting point of 12 weeks.

The Quins full-back trudges off after being sent-off in the second-half on Sunday at the Stoop

The Quins full-back trudges off after being sent-off in the second-half on Sunday at the Stoop 

‘The player has an unblemished disciplinary record over a long and illustrious career, he accepted the charge at the earliest opportunity and impressed the panel with his honesty and obvious contrition throughout the hearing. The panel had no hesitation in allowing the maximum mitigation of 50 per cent.’

Meanwhile, the British and Irish Lions yesterday announced that their warm-up fixture against Japan at Murrayfield on June 26 will be broadcast live on Channel 4.

As revealed by Sportsmail, the fixture will be the first Lions match to be screened on free-to-air television since 1993. British and Irish Lions managing director Ben Calveley said: ‘We are delighted that Channel 4 are our broadcast partners for our first match on home soil since 2005.

‘Going on the recent squad announcement I’m sure the interest and numbers tuning in will be considerable.’

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