Article updated following hearing decision…
Cian Healy, the Ireland loosehead prop forward, has been banned for 3 weeks for stamping on an opponent in the RBS 6 Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday.
The Committee having viewed the footage of the incident and listened to the representations by and on behalf of the player, found that the stamp should be categorised as a mid range offence in terms of seriousness, which carries a sanction of five weeks. The Committee allowed the maximum two weeks of mitigation, but, in imposing a suspension of three weeks, recognised that the player would not have played for his province this weekend is that the suspension will end at midnight on Sunday 10 March 2013.
Here is a video of the incident. What do you make of it? Is this a fair sanction?