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Rabah Slimani and Michele Rizzo banned for head-butting

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 16:06 | Comments

Michele Rizzo and Rabah Slimani have both been banned for two weeks
Michele Rizzo and Rabah Slimani have both been banned for two weeks

France prop Rabah Slimani and Italy's Michele Rizzo have been handed two-week bans for head-butting each other in Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash in Paris.

A Six Nations disciplinary committee met at Heathrow in London on Wednesday, where neither player contested their red cards in the closing stages of France's 30-10 victory.

Both Slimani and Rizzo were initially handed four-week punishments, but good previous discipline and mitigation then halved the suspensions.

Rizzo's suspension will run across the course of three weeks to ensure he sits out two matches, leaving him free to play again on 3 March so he will miss Italy's home clash with Scotland on 22 February.

Stade Francais prop Slimani's ban starts immediately, ruling him out of club action this weekend, and he can resume action from 24 February.

The front-rower will miss France's third-round trip to Cardiff to face Wales on Friday, 21 February.

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