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Scarlets prop banned for stamp

17th October 2013 18:20

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Two-match ban: Samson Lee

Scarlets prop Samson Lee has been given a two-match ban for stamping on Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care.

Lee was cited after being yellow carded by match referee John Lacey for the incident in Saturday's 33-26 Heineken Cup victory over Quins.

Lee was facing a potential suspension of up to nine weeks but the European Rugby Club (ERC) disciplinary panel opted instead to impose the minimum possible ban.

"The independent Judicial Officer, Rod McKenzie (Scotland), heard submissions and evidence from Lee, who pleaded not guilty to the offence, from Scarlets representative Gareth Jenkins and from ERC Disciplinary Officer Roger O'Connor," read a statement on the official ERC website.

"The Judicial Officer determined that Lee was going for the ball, but in doing so, Lee's boot made contact with Care's face in a reckless manner, and that in his opinion, the offence warranted a red card.

"He found that the act was at the low-end entry point of the IRB's sanctioning regime (two weeks) and although there were no aggravating factors, and although Lee had a clean record, the player had pleaded not guilty and therefore, no mitigation was possible in this case.

"He imposed a suspension of two weeks. Lee is free to play on Monday 28 October 2013 and both the player and ERC have the right to appeal the decision."

Meanwhile, Bordeaux-Begles second row Adam Jaulhac has been suspended for one week after he was adjudged to have punched or struck Bath flanker Francois Louw during the English club's 15-6 victory at Stade Chaban-Delmas last weekend.

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