Gloucester's Danny Cipriani has been suspended for three weeks for his challenge on Munster's Rory Scannell during last weekend's Heineken Champions Cup clash.

The out-half was sent off for the first-half tackle on the Munster centre, and the suspension was handed down following an independent disciplinary hearing in Paris on Wednesday.

The committee upheld the red card decision and found that the act of foul play was at the mid-range of World Rugby’s sanctions and selected six weeks as the appropriate entry point. 

There were no aggravating factors, and due to the player’s clear disciplinary record and his expression of remorse, the committee decided to reduce the sanction to a three-week suspension. 

This means that Cipriani is free to play on Monday, 12 November and he has option of appealing the decision.

Munster scored a 36-22 victory against Gloucester at Thomond Park last Saturday, a result which puts Johann Van Graan's side at the top of Pool 2.

Gloucester started brightly but lost their grip of the game due to incidents of indiscipline, including Cipriani's sending off. Lock Tom Savage was also sin-binned during the opening half.