Toulon full-back Delon Armitage has been handed an eight-week ban after being cited for a tip tackle in last weekend's Heineken Cup game against Montpellier.
Armitage pleaded not guilty to a dangerous tackle on Montpellier full-back Pierre Bérard during the first half of the match at Stade Yves du Manoir for which he was handed a yellow card by referee Alain Rolland.
But at Thursday's disciplinary hearing in Dublin, the judicial officer found that Armitage had committed an intentional tip tackle. The suspension means the 29-year-old cannot play again until 18 March, three weeks before Toulon's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leicester.
"[The judicial officer] determined that the act was in the mid-range of the IRB's sanctioning regime (eight weeks) and in line with the IRB's memorandum on deterring tip tackles, and taking into account the player's previous disciplinary record, he added a further two weeks," read ad ERC statement.
"Due to Armitage's remorse and his good conduct during the hearing, the judicial officer then deducted two weeks before imposing a suspension of eight weeks."