Martin Castrogiovanni, the Italy prop forward, appeared today before an independent Six Nations Disciplinary Committee, having been cited by an independent Citing Commissioner for allegedly stamping on an opponent (Law 10.4(b)) in the RBS 6 Nations match between Italy and Scotland at Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday 27 February 2016.
The Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Mike Hamlin (England), along with Tommy Dalton (Ireland) and Rhian Williams (Wales) reviewed all of the evidence and listened to representations made by, and on behalf of, Mr Castrogiovanni in which the player acknowledged that he had committed the act of foul play.
The Disciplinary Committee found that the act of foul play warranted a red card. In considering the entry point for sanction, the Disciplinary Committee assessed the seriousness of Mr Castrogiovanni’s actions and found that the act was at the lower end of World Rugby’s sanctions, carrying a two-week suspension. Having considered the various mitigating factors involved, including the player’s admission and his regret at his actions, the Disciplinary Committee found that these were not sufficient to merit a reduction in the entry point sanction and suspended Mr Castrogiovanni for two weeks.
Mr Castrogiovanni, who has the right of appeal, is suspended up to and including Sunday 13 March 2016.