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Bardy is banned for Munster clash
23 Oct 2014 13:01
Clermont Auvergne forward Julien Bardy will miss the clash with Munster after receiving a five-week ban for striking Saracens and England number eight Billy Vunipola with his knee during last Saturday's European Champions Cup clash at Allianz Park.
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Tournament organisers said that Bardy, who was cited for the offence, pleaded guilty during an independent disciplinary hearing held in Dublin on Thursday.
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In a statement, European Professional Club Rugby said: "In upholding the citing complaint, the judicial officer determined that the offence warranted a red card and that it was in the mid-range (eight weeks) of the IRB (International Rugby Board) sanctions for offences of this nature.
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"As there were no aggravating factors, he reduced the suspension by three weeks due to the player's guilty plea, his clean record and good conduct and remorse during the hearing.
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"The five-week suspension will run over a seven-week term as the judicial officer chose to take into account two weeks during the period when the player would not have played.
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"Bardy is therefore free to play on Monday, 8 December."
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Among the games 29-year-old Bardy will miss are Sunday's Champions Cup match against Sale Sharks, plus the trip to Thomond Park in early December.
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