Marshall Sykes banned for three games after sending off

Edinburgh lock Marshall Sykes has been banned for the next three games after his red card against Zebre – which means his season is over unless the Capital side reach the European Challenge Cup final.

Friday, 29th April 2022, 2:36 pm
Updated Friday, 29th April 2022, 3:07 pm

The 22-year-old will miss the United Rugby Championship match against Ulster on Saturday, the European Challenge Cup quarter-final at home to Wasps the following week and the semi-final or UCR clash with Glasgow in mid May.

He will be suspended until May 15 if Edinburgh reach EPCR semi-final or until May 22 if they do not.

Sykes was red carded in the 44th minute against Zebre for a dangerous high tackle, his shoulder making contact with the head of Danilo Fischetti.

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Edinburgh's Marshall Sykes was sent off against Zebre after his shoulder made contact with the head of Danilo Fischetti

The judicial officer overseeing the disciplinary process, Rhian Williams, has determined that the red card was warranted, but Sykes escaped further punishment after accepting the decision and because he has a clean previous record.

Sykes joined Edinburgh in the summer of 2020, signing his first professional deal, after starring for Ayrshire Bulls in the FOSROC Super6.

Born in England, he qualifies for Scotland through his Dundee-born Grandmother and has represented Scotland Under-20s.