Bergamasco ban extended to 17 Weeks

Italy flanker Mauro Bergamasco, who was originally banned for 13 weeks for gouging the eye of Wales full-back Lee Byrne during the Six Nations tournament, has had his suspension extended to 17 weeks on appeal.

The tournament’s Appeals’ Commission ruled on Friday that Bergamasco “deliberately put a finger” in Byrne’s eye during the Azzurri’s 47-8 Six Nations defeat in Cardiff last February.

The ban, which applies across all levels of rugby union, effectively ends the Stade Francais player’s season as he will not be able to resume playing until June 24.

But he could still play in the French Top 14 championship final on June 28, should Stade Francais qualify.

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