Bergamasco says sorry

Flanker apologetic after being handed 13-week ban

Last Updated: 29/02/08 8:57pm

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Bergamasco: Ban

Bergamasco: Ban

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Italy's Mauro Bergamasco has apologised to Lee Byrne after he was found guilty of eye-gouging the Wales full-back during Saturday's RBS Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium.

Bergamasco was handed a 13-week ban after pleading guilty to deliberately gouging Byrne in the eye towards the end of Italy's 47-8 loss in Cardiff.

"I apologise to the player in question, Lee Byrne, to my supporters and my fellow teammates, to my club Stade Francais, and the Italian Rugby Federation," the flanker said on his website www.mbergamasco.it.

"The gesture I made, although serious, did not intend to cause any damage.

"I am aware that what happened does not reflect the values and principles of rugby, and sport in general and I pledge to show my commitment on the field as soon as possible."

The ban will start on March 3rd, the date on which the 28-year-old is expected to recover from a shoulder injury.

He will therefore not be able to play again until June 2nd.

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