7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Ben Gissing, the Rugby Calvisano forward, appeared before an independent Disciplinary Committee in Dublin today (Wednesday, 20 December), as a result of a citing arising from the Round 3 Heineken Cup Pool 3 match against the Ospreys at Centro Sportivo San Michele on Saturday, 9 December, 2006.
The independent Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Christopher Quinlan (England) and also comprising Bruce Reece-Russel (England) and Caleb Powell (Ireland), found the player guilty of striking an opponent and suspended Mr Gissing for 14 days up to and including 2 January, 2007.
As the match was not televised live a Citing Commissioner was not in operation. The player was cited by the Ospreys and after a review of the alleged punching incident by the independent Citing Officer he ruled the player should be subject to a disciplinary hearing in contravention of Law 10.4 (a).
Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking: A player must not strike an opponent with the fist or arm, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s).
ALAN QUINLAN HEINEKEN CUP ROUND 4 CITING
Alan Quinlan, the Munster back row forward, appeared before an independent Disciplinary Committee in Dublin today (Wednesday, 20 December), as a result of a citing arising from the Round 4 Heineken Cup Pool 4 match against Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park on Saturday, 16 December, 2006.
The citing lodged by the Citing Commissioner for the match, Alan Mansell (England), was for alleged stamping - contravention of Law 10.4 (b).
The independent Disciplinary Committee was chaired by Christopher Quinlan (England) and also comprised Bruce Reece-Russel (England) and Iain Goodall (Scotland).
Following an admission of guilt by the player, the Committee upheld the citing for stamping and determined the appropriate period of suspension as being a period of six (6) weeks to run from today (Wednesday, 20 December) up to and including 30 January, 2007.
Law 10.4 (b) - Stamping or trampling: A player must not stamp or trample on an opponent.
Both parties were advised of their right to appeal.