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Estebanez handed four-week ban

17th January 2013 15:53

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Suspended: Fabrice Estebanez

Racing Métro centre Fabrice Estebanez has been suspended for four weeks after striking Saracens winger David Strettle.

Estebanez was alleged to have struck Strettle with his arm during the first half of the match at Stade de la Beaujoire.

The Judicial Officer upheld the complaint and found that Estebanez had committed a reckless act. He determined that the act was in the mid-range (5 weeks) of the IRB's sanctioning regime and taking into account the limited mitigating factors of the player's remorse and good conduct during the hearing, the Judicial Officer reduced the suspension by one week.

Estebanez will be free to play on Monday, 11 February 2013.

Meanwhile, Stade Français player Juan Cruz Guillemain has been suspended for five weeks for striking Grenoble's Fabien Alexandre with his head during the second half of the match at Stade Lesdiguières.

The Judicial Officer determined that the act was in the mid-range (10 weeks) of the IRB's sanctioning regime and taking into account the player's clean disciplinary record, his guilty plea, his remorse, his inexperience and his exemplary conduct during the hearing, the Judicial Officer reduced the suspension by the maximum 50 per cent permitted.

Guillemain will be free to play on Monday, 18 February 2013.

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