The independent Judicial Officer, Antony Davies (England), heard evidence and submissions from Koyamaibole, by conference call, who accepted that he had committed an act of foul play contrary to good sportsmanship.
The player was represented at the hearing in Dublin by Bordeaux-Beglès, Director of Rugby, Raphael Ibenez. The Judicial Officer also heard evidence and submissions from ERC Disciplinary Officer, Roger O'Connor and from Declan Danaher by conference call.
The Judicial Officer upheld the citing complaint, concluding that Koyamaibole had committed an act contrary to good sportsmanship in that he bit his opponent.
Employing the IRB recommended sanctions for Law 10.4(m), the Judical Officer determined that the offence, although intentional, had caused minimal injury, and was at the low-end entry point of 12 weeks. After considering any mitigating and aggravating factors he decided that the entry point was sufficient and imposed a suspension of 12 weeks.
Koyamaibole will be free to play on 7 January 2013. Both the player and ERC have the right to appeal the decision.
Law 10.4 (m) Acts contrary to good sportsmanship - Biting
Under the IRB Recommended Sanctions for Offences Committed within the Playing Enclosure, Law 10.4 (m) carries the following penalties for Biting: Low End: 12 weeks; Mid Range: 18 weeks; Top End: 24+ to 208 weeks.
i) Citing Commissioner
a) Citing Commissioners are appointed by ERC for all Heineken Cup and all televised Amlin Challenge Cup matches and shall be entitled to cite a Player for any act or acts of Foul Play that in the Citing Commissioner's opinion warranted a citing.
b) For such matches Clubs will not have the power to cite a player but may refer incidents to the Citing Commissioner within 24 hours of the conclusion of the match.
c) The Citing Commissioner will have 50 hours from the start of the game to make a citing. In exceptional circumstances this deadline can be extended.
d) The ERC Disciplinary Officer, Roger O'Connor may forward the submitted Citing to a Citing Officer to determine whether there are sufficient grounds for the citing to progress.
e) The Disciplinary Officer will then bring a charge against the cited player.
(ii) Disciplinary Hearing
a) The independent Judicial Officer is chosen by the Chairman of the independent Disciplinary Panel, Professor Lorne Crerar.
b) ERC's Disciplinary Officer, Roger O'Connor, presents the case against the player.
c) Both parties to the hearing (ERC and the player) have the right to appeal decisions of the independent Disciplinary Hearing. Appeals must be lodged within three (3) working days of receiving the full written decision of the independent Judicial Officer.
d) The full written decision of the independent Judicial Officer will be available on www.ercrugby.com/disciplinenews when the disciplinary process is complete
e) For IRB recommended sanctions for offences committed within the playing enclosure go to www.irb.com