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Rizzo, Slimani handed two-week bans

12th February 2014 15:34


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Suspended: Rizzo and Slimani

Michele Rizzo and Rabah Slimani, replacement prop forwards for Italy and France respectively, have been suspended for two weeks.

Both players appeared before an independent Six Nations Disciplinary Committee at London Heathrow on Wednesday, having received red cards for foul play towards the end of the Six Nations match at the Stade de France on Sunday.

The Committee, chaired by Mike Hamlin (England), alongside George Spotswood (Ireland) and John Doubleday (England), viewed footage of the incident in which each player had allegedly struck the other with his head, contrary to Law 10.4 (a), and listened to the players and their respective representatives.

Both players agreed that the red cards had been correctly awarded by the referee and, in imposing sanctions in each case, the Committee found the foul play to be at the low end of the IRB's scale of offending (which carries a four-week entry point).

Rizzo, who had a previous clear disciplinary record, was afforded a two-week reduction in light of mitigating factors and was suspended for two weeks.

However, this two-week suspension is to be served over a period of three weeks because the Committee was informed that the player would not have played this weekend in any event. He is free to resume playing on Monday, 3 March 2014 and has the right of appeal.

Slimani was also afforded a two-week reduction in light of mitigating factors, resulting in a two week suspension.

This suspension is to be served over the next two weeks, including the forthcoming weekend (the Committee found that the player was available to play for his club, Stade Franšais, this weekend had he not received a suspension).

He is free to resume playing on Monday, 24 February 2014 and also has the right of appeal.

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