Exeter Chiefs to discipline Craig Mitchell over bar assault

Exeter to discipline Mitchell over bar assault
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Exeter Chiefs confirm that they will discipline Craig Mitchell, after the Welsh prop was given a six-month suspended sentence for assaulting a man in a Brisbane bar.

Exeter Chiefs have confirmed that they will discipline Craig Mitchell, who has been given a six-month suspended sentence for assaulting a man in an Australian bar.

Mitchell, 27, punched Cian Barry in Brisbane on Sunday, when he was out celebrating the British and Irish Lions' 23-21 victory in the first Test of their summer tour.

In addition to his suspended sentence, Mitchell was fined £1,094 by Brisbane magistrates.

Exeter said in a statement that they do not condone law breaking of any kind.

The statement read: "Exeter Rugby Club deeply regrets that one of its employees has faced court action in relation to their personal behaviour.

"The club does not condone law breaking of any kind and will continue to stress with all of its employees the importance of acting as positive ambassadors - even in difficult and unwanted circumstances.

"Craig Mitchell wishes to express his remorse not only to the victim and those involved in the incident, but also to Exeter Rugby Club, the Welsh Rugby Union and his family."

Mitchell, who joined Exeter from the Ospreys in 2011, has been capped 15 times by Wales.

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