Connacht's Abraham Papali'i has been hit with a four-week suspension after receiving a red card during last weekend's Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup defeat to Benetton.

Papali'i’ was dismissed with seven minutes remaining in Treviso by referee Gianluca Gnecchi for a high tackle.

The New Zealander has seen red in three Connacht encounters since joining the province last July, and coach Andy Friend has been vocal in his criticism of the back's tackling technique.

A Pro14 statement on the ban read: "In applying the off-field considerations of aggravation and mitigation, the player’s recent disciplinary record was seriously considered as an aggravating factor.

"However, in the player’s responses, not only did he display a frank and honest recognition of his offending but also a serious commitment and determination to addressing it in practical terms so that no additional suspension was imposed.

"In considering mitigation, the judicial officer found that, apart from a clean record, all mitigating features were present including the player’s early and full admission, spontaneous apology to his opponent and his engagement with the process.

"As a consequence, the period of suspension was reduced by two weeks instead of three. The player has been banned for a period of four weeks."