Ireland star O'Driscoll given three-week ban for stamping on Italy openside Favaro
15:08 GMT, 20 March 2013
21:57 GMT, 20 March 2013
Brian O’Driscoll was yesterday banned for just three weeks for stamping on Italy’s Simone Favaro due to his exemplary disciplinary record.
A Six Nations disciplinary panel reduced an intended ban of five weeks after hearing mitigation from the veteran Ireland centre, who said it was only his second yellow card in a 14-year professional career.
Ouch: Brian O'Driscoll was sin-binned for this stamp during Ireland's final Six Nations clash
Cooling off: O'Driscoll spent ten minutes watching the match
O’Driscoll, who can appeal, will miss Leinster’s Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final at Wasps on Friday, April 5.
The 34-year-old, who has indicated he
may retire following the Lions tour, was yellow-carded after he stamped
on the chest of Favaro in Italy’s win over Ireland in the Six Nations
At the hearing, the 2005 Lions captain admitted he had committed an act of foul play but denied it warranted a red card.
Sendoff O'Driscoll could have appeared for the final time in the Six Nations
However, the panel, chaired by Welsh
official Robert Williams, upheld the citing complaint and decided the
offence should have been punished with a sending-off.
Meanwhile, London Irish centre Jonathan Joseph will join Bath at the end of the season.