Clermont Auvergne's ex-Scotland lock Nathan Hines handed six-week ban for stamping
Last Updated: 19/10/12 6:52am
Nathan Hines: Six-week ban for stamping on an opponent
Former Scotland international second row Nathan Hines has been handed a six-week ban for stamping on an opponent.
Clermont Auvergne forward Hines, who is now retired from Test rugby, was cited for stamping on Scarlets winger Morgan Stoddart during last Saturday's Heineken Cup clash.
Hines, who appeared before independent judicial officer Simon Thomas at a hearing in Dublin on Thursday, pleaded not guilty to the offence.
But in a statement, European Rugby Cup said Thomas upheld the citing complaint and found that Hines had "stamped on his opponent and had connected on more than one occasion".
Thomas decided the offence warranted a mid-range entry point of a five-week suspension, but he added a week due to Hines' poor disciplinary record.
The 35-year-old will now sit out Clermont's Heineken Cup trip to Exeter on Saturday, and cannot play again until November 26, although he will be available for the French outfit's crunch Pool Five clashes against holders Leinster in December.
Hines won 77 Scotland caps before calling time on his international career last year and also toured South Africa with the 2009 British and Irish Lions.
Meanwhile, Stoddart will not be banned for his sending-off in last weekend's encounter with the ERC deciding his dismissal was sufficient punishment.