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Stade Francais prop David Attoub's 70-week suspension for eye-gouging in this season's Heineken Cup was confirmed to include French competitions by the French Rugby Federation.

The 28-year-old player and his club are to appeal to the French National Olympic and Sporting Committee (CNOSF), his lawyer Patricia Moyersoen revealed.

Attoub was suspended from rugby until April 22, 2011, for gouging Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris during Stade's 13-23 European Cup loss to Ulster in Belfast on December 12.

The ban, which applies to all International Rugby Board (IRB)competitions, is among the heaviest ever imposed on a player by rugby union authorities.

The toughest was a life ban, reduced to five years, for Irishman Trevor Brennan, who struck an Ulster supporter when playing for Toulouse against the province in 2007.