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Mateo Carreras: Newcastle Falcons wing suspended for nine weeks after contact with eye of Wasps’ Josh Bassett

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Mateo Carreras was found to have deliberately injured Josh Bassett during Newcastle’s 20-18 loss to Wasps in the Premiership; the 21-year-old is set to be sidelined until June after being handed a lengthy ban

Newcastle Falcons' Mateo Carreras was handed a punishment which will see the winger sidelined until the summer

Newcastle Falcons’ Mateo Carreras was handed a punishment which will see the winger sidelined until the summer

Newcastle wing Mateo Carreras has been given a nine-week suspension for making intentional contact with the eye area of Wasps back Josh Bassett.

Carreras accepted the charge for the incident that occurred in the Falcons’ 20-18 Gallagher Premiership defeat last Friday when appearing before an independent disciplinary hearing.

The Argentine will be free to play on June 15, depending on Newcastle’s progress in the Challenge Cup.

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“The player’s evidence was that he had intended to ‘irritate’ the Wasps player but that he had not intended to cause any harm in his action,” the panel said.

“He accepted, on reflection, that by making contact with the eye of Josh Bassett he risked causing serious injury, though this was a momentary action without thought for the consequences.”

Carreras has been handed a lengthy punishment for inflicting an eye injury on Wasps' Josh Bassett Carreras has been handed a lengthy punishment for inflicting an eye injury on Wasps’ Josh Bassett

Carreras’ offence was considered mid-range, carrying a sanction of 18 weeks, which was halved on mitigation grounds.

Newcastle, who are ninth in the Gallagher Premiership, face Leicester Tigers in their next top-flight clash on Sunday.

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