BOD banned for three weeks

Lions legend Brian O'Driscoll has been banned for three weeks for stamping. [more]

BOD banned for three weeks

Lions legend Brian O’Driscoll has been banned for three weeks for stamping.

O’Driscoll had been cited following an incident with Italian flanker Simone Favaro during Ireland's 22-15 defeat in Rome on Saturday.

The Ireland centre was sinbinned for bringing his foot down on Favaro's chest just before the half-hour mark at the Stadio Olimpico as his side lost to the Azzurri for the first time since 1997.

O’Driscoll was found guilty of the offence at a disciplinary hearing in London earlier today and has been suspended until April 8.

His actions were deemed to be a mid-range offence, with the minimum ban set at five weeks.

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The 34-year-old had that reduced by two weeks, however, as a result of his 'exemplary previous playing and disciplinary record', with Saturday’s indiscretion resulting in just the second yellow card of a 14-year playing career.

O’Driscoll will miss Leinster's RaboDirect PRO12 games against fellow title contenders Glasgow and Ulster and their Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final at Wasps on April 5.

He will be free to play in the final three league games of the regular campaign, as well as the semi-finals and finals of the PRO12 and the Challenge Cup should Leinster reach that stage of the season.

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