Rugby-Harlequins' Brown has appeal against six-game ban dismissed

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FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Premiership - Bristol Bears v Harlequins

(Reuters) - Former England fullback Mike Brown's 16-year stint at Harlequins has come to an end after an independent disciplinary panel on Thursday dismissed an appeal over his six-match ban for stamping on an opponent, ruling him out of the rest of the season.

Brown was handed the suspension by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) on May 12 after he was shown a red card in Harlequins' 48-46 win over the Wasps.

Brown trampled on the head of Wasps hooker Tommy Taylor, who had held him in a ruck.

"The appeal was dismissed," the independent panel statement said.

"The Appeal Panel did not accept the submissions that the Disciplinary Panel had come to a decision to which no reasonable body could have come, particularly bearing in mind that the burden is on the player to establish on the balance of probabilities that no reasonable Disciplinary Panel could have come to the same conclusion."

It means Brown, who missed their 35-29 defeat by Leicester Tigers, will miss games against Bath, Sale Sharks and Newcastle Falcons, as well as two additional fixtures, including the Premiership final if Harlequins qualify.

Harlequins are fourth and in contention for a playoff spot.

Brown, who won 72 England caps between 2007-18, is Harlequins' record appearance holder, having played over 350 games since his debut in 2005, winning the Premiership in 2011–12.

He will leave the club this summer to join the Falcons.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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