Bergamasco apologises for eye gouge

Mauro Bergamasco has apologised to Wales full-back Lee Byrne for eye-gouging him during Italy’s 47-8 Six Nations hammering last saturday.

Bergamasco picked up a ban for 13 weeks after pleading guilty to poking Byrne in the eye as the game ended.

“I apologise to the player in question, Lee Byrne, my supporters, team-mates, my club Stade Francais and the Italian Rugby Federation,” Bergamasco told the BBC.

“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.” he added.

His ban starts on March the 3rd and he will not be able play until June 2.

Byrne was awarded man of the match and scored two tries for Wales against Italy at the Millennium Stadium.

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