Clermont and Canada second row Jamie Cudmore has been slapped with a 40-day suspension at his latest appearance before a disciplinary committee.
Cudmore was found guilty of striking Perpignan's GrÃ©gory Le Corvec during their recent Top 14 match and will now be ruled out until February 8, meaning he will have missed five matches (he has been temporarily suspended since the incident).
A serial offender, the Canadian can consider himself relatively lucky his past disciplinary record didn't persuade the officials to give him a heavier ban.
In fact, the match against Perpignan was Cudmore's first appearance after serving a 70-day ban for stamping on Saracens' Jacque Burger in the Heineken Cup.
The 32-year-old - who has accumulated 21 yellow and three red cards since arriving in France in the 2003-2004 season - has played just nine Top 14 games this season and has missed five out of six Heineken Cup games due to suspension.
He will now miss Clermont's home game with Racing next month, a vital fixture in the race for the Top 14 play-offs.