Ulster prop Declan Fitzpatrick has been given a one-week ban for striking an opponent by an independent PRO12 Disciplinary Committee.
Fitzpatrick was red carded for striking an opponent in the eleventh minute of the Guinness PRO12 match between Zebre and Ulster on Saturday.
“The Committee, chaired by Simon Thomas, along with Terry Vaux and Robert Williams, having viewed TV footage of the incident and listened to representations made by and on behalf of the player, found that the incident was at the low end of the IRB sanctions for the type of offence, carrying a two-week sanction,” read a statement.
“In the absence of any aggravating factors and in light of several compelling mitigating factors, including the player’s exemplary previous playing record, the Committee applied a one week reduction from the entry point and suspended the player from playing for one week.”
Fitzpatrick is free to resume playing from Monday, October 6, meaning he will miss this week’s clash with Edinburgh, and he has the right of appeal.