Diarra banned for eight weeks
December 19, 2012
Ibrahim Diarra can appeal his eight-week ban © Getty Images
Castres forward Ibrahim Diarra has been banned for eight weeks for stamping.
Diarra was found guilty by an independent disciplinary hearing in Dublin of stamping on Moray Low's head during the Heineken Cup clash between Castres and Glasgow Warriors at Stade Pierre-Antoine on Sunday.
The Castres flanker had pleaded not guilty to the offence after being cited by Ireland's Denis Templeton but judicial officer Christopher Quinlan upheld the complaint, viewing it as offence that warranted a nine-week ban.
Diarra's previously clean disciplinary record led to a one-week reduction to eight weeks. The French forward will therefore be suspended until February 11. Both the player and ERC have the right to appeal.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The time for tinkering is over - England must nail their colours to the mast in key positions, writes Phil Vickery
"New Zealand-born Joe Schmidt has forged the Irish into a street-smart, well- prepared side," John Mitchell on the Irish renaissance
"I am bored of hearing 'I can't fault the effort'. Let us take that for granted and look for some quality." John Taylor writes
Reports comparing the 2014 Wallabies with their rabble-like predecessors of 2005 are unfair and self-serving, Greg Growden reports