Edoardo Gori, the Treviso scrum-half, has been given a three-week ban for a dangerous tackle against Leinster.
Due to the requirement for the sanction to have meaningful consequences, and specifically to take account of the close season, the Disciplinary Committee decided that the suspension should end at midnight on Sunday, August 30.
Gori is therefore ruled out of his team's final PRO12 match of the season, together with two of Italy's World Cup warm-up international matches, both against Scotland.
Gori appeared before an independent PRO12 Disciplinary Committee, following the red card he received for a dangerous tackle in the match between Leinster and Treviso in Dublin.
The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Rhian Williams, along with Ray Wilton and Roger Morris (all from Wales), having viewed the footage of the incident and listened to the player's representations, re-categorised the offence under Law 10.4(j) (lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst the player's feet are still off the ground such that the player's head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play) and upheld the red card.
The Disciplinary Committee noted the involvement of one of Gori's team-mates in the tackle and decided that Gori's actions had been reckless rather than intentional.
They considered his actions to have been at the lower end of World Rugby's range of sanctions, with an entry point of a four-week suspension.
The Disciplinary Committee considered the need for a deterrent to be reflected in the sanction in accordance with World Rugby's various memoranda on the subject and increased the entry point by one week. The Disciplinary Committee then allowed two weeks reduction for mitigating factors and accordingly imposed a three-week suspension on Gori.
The player has the right of appeal.