Castrogiovanni handed two-week ban

Date published: March 2 2016

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Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been suspended for two weeks for stamping on an opponent.

Castrogiovanni appeared on Wednesday before an independent Six Nations Disciplinary Committee, having been cited by an independent Citing Commissioner for allegedly stamping on an opponent (Law 10.4(b)) in the Six Nations match between Italy and Scotland at Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday, February 27.

The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Mike Hamlin (England), along with Tommy Dalton (Ireland) and Rhian Williams (Wales) reviewed all of the evidence and listened to representations made by, and on behalf of, Castrogiovanni in which the player acknowledged that he had committed the act of foul play.

The Disciplinary Committee found that the act of foul play warranted a red card. In considering the entry point for sanction, the Disciplinary Committee assessed the seriousness of Castrogiovanni's actions and found that the act was at the lower end of World Rugby's sanctions, carrying a two-week suspension.

Having considered the various mitigating factors involved, including the player's admission and his regret at his actions, the Disciplinary Committee found that these were not sufficient to merit a reduction in the entry point sanction and suspended Castrogiovanni for two weeks.

Castrogiovanni, who has the right of appeal, is suspended up to and including Sunday, March 13.

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