The Rugby Football Union (RFU) doled out the punishment to Denny Solomona, who plays for the Sale Sharks in the top tier of English Rugby, and is in the English national squad. He apparently used a homophobic slur against a player of a rivaling team. Solomona contested the charge, but an RFU panel found him guilty of a conduct offence initially suspending him for 6 weeks but the suspension was reduced because of “mitigating factors” such as his recent record and conduct at the hearing. Solomona will be banned from playing until May 8, effectively benching him for the rest of the season. Solomona was charged with “conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the Game, contrary to RFU Rule 5.12” The RFU and England Rugby have clamped down on homophobia in recent years.