Heineken Cup: Scarlets prop Samson Lee given two-match ban
Last Updated: 19/10/13 8:09pm
Samson Lee (in action at the Stoop): Two-match ban
Scarlets prop Samson Lee has been given a two-match ban after a European Rugby Club (ERC) disciplinary panel decided he stamped on Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care.
Lee was yellow carded by match referee John Lacey for the incident in Saturday's 33-26 Heineken Cup victory over Quins and the complaint was made by match Citing Commissioner, Jean-Claude Legendre.
Lee could have faced a suspension of up to nine weeks but the panel opted instead to impose the minimum possible ban.
"The independent Judicial Officer, Rod McKenzie (Scotland), heard submissions and evidence from Lee, who pleaded not guilty to the offence, from Scarlets representative Gareth Jenkins and from ERC Disciplinary Officer Roger O'Connor," read a statement on the official ERC website.
"The Judicial Officer determined that Lee was going for the ball, but in doing so, Lee's boot made contact with Care's face in a reckless manner, and that in his opinion, the offence warranted a red card.
"He found that the act was at the low-end entry point of the IRB's sanctioning regime (two weeks) and although there were no aggravating factors, and although Lee had a clean record, the player had pleaded not guilty and therefore, no mitigation was possible in this case.
"He imposed a suspension of two weeks. Lee is free to play on Monday 28 October 2013 and both the player and ERC have the right to appeal the decision."
Meanwhile, Perpignan centre Lifeimi Mafi has been banned for six weeks following his sending off in the Heineken Cup defeat against Gloucester last Saturday.
The former Munster player was red-carded for a dangerous tackle on Gloucester centre Ryan Mills.
In addition, Bordeaux-Begles second row Adam Jaulhac has been suspended for one week after he was adjudged to have punched or struck Bath flanker Francois Louw during the Aviva Premiership side's 15-6 victory in the Stade Chaban-Delmas last weekend.
And Bath back Ollie Devoto has received a two-week suspension after being cited for striking Bordeaux-Begles player Blair Connor with his head.
The second round of Heineken Cup Pool matches are live on Sky Sports this weekend - Scarlets v Racing Metro is on the red button on Sky Sports 2HD at 5.45pm on Saturday