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Blues lock Earle's eye gouging ban appeal fails

George Earle was given an eight-week ban for making contact with the eye area of flanker Tom Ellis during the Blue game against Bath in December. Credit: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

Cardiff Blues lock George Earle has failed to get an eight-week suspension for eye gouging overturned.

The 30 year old was sent off during the Blues' 38-3 European Challenge Cup loss against Bath last month for making contact with the eye area of flanker Tom Ellis. He pleaded not guilty to the charge, but was given a two-month ban. Earle appealed the ruling, but an independent committee rejected the bid.

He will not be eligible to play until February 13th.

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