The Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been banned for two weeks after stamping on Scotland’s Duncan Taylor during Saturday’s Six Nations encounter in Rome.
Castrogiovanni, who has made 118 Test appearances for Italy, appeared as a second-half replacement in Scotland’s 36-20 victory at the Stadio Olimpico and appeared to direct a stamp towards Taylor’s foot.
The Italy forward appeared before the Six Nations disciplinary committee on Wednesday when he acknowledged that he had committed the act of foul play.
The committee announced: “Mr Castrogiovanni, who has the right of appeal, is suspended up to and including Sunday 13 March 2016”, meaning he will miss the 12 March trip to Ireland in Dublin.
The committee, chaired by Mike Hamlin (England) along with Tommy Dalton (Ireland) and Rhian Williams (Wales), said it “found that the act of foul play warranted a red card” but that “the act was at the lower end of World Rugby’s sanctions, carrying a two-week suspension.
“Having considered the various mitigating factors involved, including the player’s admission and his regret at his actions, the disciplinary committee found that these were not sufficient to merit a reduction in the entry-point sanction and suspended Mr Castrogiovanni for two weeks.”
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