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Armitage suspended following assault arrest

OUT ON BAIL: Armitage

ENGLAND FULL-BACK Delon Armitage has been suspended from the England Saxons after being arrested on suspicion of assault at a night club in Torquay on Sunday (January 29).

The London Irish back was interviewed and then released on police bail while inquiries continue.

Armitage, 28, had featured for the Saxons against the Ireland Wolfhounds on Saturday (January 28).

England interim head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We take issues surrounding the behaviour of England players very seriously and as such have decided to suspend Delon from the Saxons EPS pending the result of the police inquiry. We will then consider if further action is appropriate under the EPS Code of Conduct.

“High standards of behaviour are required from England players on and off the field, and they also need to understand that they should not put themselves in a potentially vulnerable position or environment.”

Last year, the Trinidad-born player received a combined ban of 16 weeks for verbally abusing a doping official, for punching an opponent and for two separate high tackles on Scotland’s Chris Patterson and Bath winger Tom Biggs.

London Irish said in a statement: “London Irish is extremely disappointed to hear about the incident involving Delon whilst on an England Saxons release period and takes these matters extremely seriously. We fully understand the RFU stance on this matter and will convene our own internal investigation to procure a full understanding of the matter in question, the outcome of which will determine any further action. Player conduct is a direct representation of the club and, therefore, inappropriate conduct will be strongly acted upon.”

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