Ibanez handed four-week ban
January 24, 2008
Wasps hooker Raphael Ibanez has received a four-week ban after being found guilty of stamping on an opponent during a Heineken Cup game.
The former France captain, who retired from Test rugby earlier this month, is suspended until February 22.
It means he will be unavailable for Wasps' next three Guinness Premiership games against Gloucester, Sale Sharks and Bath.
And it is a major blow for the London club, who desperately need to start collecting points in their quest for a Premiership title play-off spot.
The ban also comes just five days after Wasps' hopes of retaining their European title were dashed by defeat against Munster in Limerick.
Ibanez appeared before a three-man disciplinary committee in Dublin today after being cited by match commissioner Peter Brown for stamping on Llanelli
The incident happened during Wasps' victory over the Scarlets at Adams Park on January 13.
Ibanez has the right to appeal.
With the retirement of Adam Jones, Welsh rugby says goodbye to a great player and one of its biggest personalities too, writes Tom Hamilton
Cards, kicks, slips and scores: It's The Week in Pictures, the finest snaps from the last seven days of rugby
Huw Richards Rewinds to 1975 when three Welsh legends were handed their debuts and assesses their legacy
Seven places in the Champions Cup quarter-finals are up for grabs; we break down the permutations for each group in the final round of matches