More bad news for Leinster as Cian Healy receives two week ban for kneeing Toulon's Guilhem Guirado
The prop will be unavailable for the Blues' clash with Toulon this weekend and the Pro 12 derby against Munster.
Published 17/12/2015 | 17:28
European Professional Club Rugby have handed Leinster’s Cian Healy a two week ban for kneeing Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado following a hearing in Paris today.
Healy, who was yellow carded for the infraction during the first half of Leinster’s Champions Cup loss to the European Champions last Sunday at the Stade Felix Mayol, received notification on Tuesday that Citing Commissioner John Byett had lodged a formal complaint regarding the incident, stating it was in contravention of Law 10.4 (a)
Wales’ Roger Morris was appointed as the Independent Judicial Officer for the hearing in the French capital and, this afternoon, Healy pleaded not guilty to the offence of striking.
However, while it was found that the charge of striking could not be proven, it was determined that Healy had committed an act of foul play and the charge was amended to Dangerous charging or obstructing or grabbing of an opponent without the ball, including shouldering – Law 10.4 (f) and Law 10.4 (k).
Healy is not eligible to play again until December 28, which means he will miss out on the Blues' Champions Cup tie with Toulon at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday and their Pro 12 derby against Munster at Thomond Park on December 27.
Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.