Cudmore gets 10 week ban for stamping in rugby

Clermont Auvergne lock Jamie Cudmore has been banned for 10 weeks after being found guilty of stamping Saracens flanker Jacques Burger in a Heineken Cup match last weekend.

Cudmore pleaded not guilty to being cited for kicking and/or stamping on Burger at a European Rugby Cup hearing in Dublin.

South African Burger was left with a mouth wound after the incident that needed stitches.

However, the Canada international was suspended for nine weeks and issued an extra week because of his previous disciplinary record.

Cudmore has been red-carded four times in his career. In 2008 he was banned for five weeks for punching Munster and Ireland lock Paul O’Connell.

Clermont sports director Jean-Marc Lhermet said the club would not be appealing the ERC verdict.

The suspension until Dec. 20 means Cudmore will miss four French Top 14 games, three in the Heineken Cup, and all of Canada’s tour of Europe in November when it plays Belgium, Spain, Georgia and Portugal on successive weekends.

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