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Disciplinary verdict on Martin Corry citing

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Leicester Tigers captain Martin Corry has received a six-week ban following his appearance before an independent disciplinary committee in Dublin today as a result of a citing arising from the Heineken Cup Pool 3 match against the Ospreys on January 24.

The citing lodged by the Citing Commissioner for the match, Denis Templeton (Ireland), was for an alleged strike and an act contrary to good sportsmanship against Ospreys hooker Richard Hibbard in contravention of Law 10.4 (a) and 10.4 (k).

The independent disciplinary committee, chaired by Pat Barriscale (Ireland) and also comprising Dr Barry O'Driscoll (Ireland) and Jean-Noel Couraud (France), found Corry guilty of an act contrary to good sports-manship in that he had made contact with the eye/eye area of Hibbard in contravention of Law 10.4 (k).

After considering the evidence, the committee determined that the contact had not been intentional and was at the low end of the level of seriousness for that offence.

Having taken into account any mitigating and aggravating factors, the independent disciplinary committee suspended the player for a period of six weeks up to and including Thursday, March 26.

The committee determined that Corry was not guilty of striking under Law 10.4 (a).

Both parties have the right to appeal.

A Leicester Tigers statement said: “We are disappointed that Martin has been found guilty of any offence, but pleased that the committee determined that there was no intention and that no injury occurred.

“As regards the possibility of an appeal, we shall wait until we have seen the written verdict and review the situation then.”