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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
The citing lodged by the Citing Commissioner for the match, Russell Howell (Wales), was for alleged stamping / trampling on Benetton Treviso lock Cornelius van Zyl (No 5) in contravention of Law 10.4 (b).
The independent Disciplinary Committee was chaired by Paul Mauriac (France) and also comprised Peter Brown (Scotland) and George Spotswood (Ireland).
Mr. Danaher admitted foul play in that he had stamped on Cornelius van Zyl.
After considering the evidence available, the independent Disciplinary Committee determined that the offence was of mid range in the level of seriousness.
Having taken into account any mitigating and aggravating factors the Committee suspended the player for a period of three (3) weeks from today (Thursday, 31 January) up to and including Thursday, 21 February, 2008.
Both parties have the right to appeal.