Ospreys forward Ian Evans has been suspended for 12 weeks for stamping on Leinster’s Mike McCarthy in the Heineken Cup match at the RDS last Friday.
Evans was dismissed by French referee Romain Poite in the 20th minute of the game after television replays showed Leinster forward Mike McCarthy being stamped on.
At an independent disciplinary hearing in Dublin on Thursday, judicial officer Jeremy Summers (England) said that the incident involved at least two stamps which connected with McCarthy's head and which resulted in a serious facial wound.
Summers heard evidence and submissions from Evans, who pleaded guilty, from Ospreys team manager Andy Llloyd and from the ERC Disciplinary Officer.
The ban runs for 13 weeks as Summers took into account one week during the Six Nations period when Evans would not have played. Evans is therefore free to play on 21 April.
The offence was determined to be at the top end of the IRB sanctions for offences of this nature.
Summers selected 16 weeks as the appropriate ban. This was reduced to 12 weeks as there were no aggravating factors, Evans’ guilty plea, good conduct and remorse during the hearing.
Summers said that there was no place in the game for conduct of this kind – a view which Evans himself accepted during the hearing.
Both the player and ERC have the right to appeal the decision.