Italy lock Pavanello banned
January 27, 2012
Italy have suffered a blow ahead of their Six Nations opener against France with the news that second-row Antonio Pavanello has been banned for two weeks.
The Treviso forward was cited for an alleged stamp on Saracens No.8 Jackson Wray during his club's Heineken Cup defeat to the Aviva Premiership champions last weekend, and pleaded guilty to the charge.
ERC independent judicial officer Pat Barriscale considered the incident to be at the low-end entry point and Pavanello will be available to play again on Monday, February 6, two days after new coach Jacques Burnel takes his side to the Stade de France to face Les Bleus.
An ERC statement read: "The Judicial Officer decided that the offence was at the low-end entry point of two (2) weeks, and he imposed a suspension of two (2) weeks.
"Pavanello will be free to play on Monday, 6 February. Both the player and ERC have the right to appeal the decision."
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