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Laws and punishments

Published 14/12/2010 | 05:00

Depending on the citing commissioner's report, O'Connell could be sanctioned with one of two offences.

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Referee Christophe Berdos charged that an elbow was used, although Munster may argue that it was an arm. Maximum suspensions are rarely handed out in such circumstances.

Law 10.4(a): Striking another player with a hand, arm or fist.

Entry point based on scale of seriousness of the player's conduct, which constitutes the offending.

Lower End (LE): 2 weeks

Mid Range (MR): 5 weeks

Top End (TE): 8+ weeks

Maximum sanction: 12 months

Law 10.4(a): Striking another player with the elbow

LE: 2 weeks

MR: 5 weeks

TE: 9+ weeks

Maximum sanction: 12 months

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