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Ward banned for one game

30th December 2018, 15:03 by Daniel McCarthy

Harlequins hooker Dave Ward has been handed a one-game ban by the club for his yellow card against Wasps on Saturday.

Ward was handed time in the sin bin for a stamp on Wasps' Thomas Young in the tenth minute of the game in which Harlequins triumphed 20-13.

The game was overshadowed by the incidents involving Ward though, while there was also an alleged spit missed by referee Craig Maxwell-Keys in the same melee.

The club reviewed the incidents on TV and saw fit to ban him for one game, but have refuted the claims that he spat at an opponent, saying there is ”no case to answer”.

Ward has apologised for the incident in a statement on the club website.

"I apologise unreservedly to Thomas Young, Wasps and everyone at Harlequins for my yellow card yesterday," he said.

"I would also like to make clear that I did not spit on another player during the match yesterday. Regardless of what the television footage looks like I know that I have never spat on a player in all my career and will never do so."

Ward may still be cited despite Harlequins’ action, with citing officer Buster White having until 18:00 on Sunday to lodge a complaint.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Daniel McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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