Heineken Cup
Attoub appeal decision adjourned
March 2, 2010
Stade Francais prop David Attoub runs with the ball, Bath v Stade Francais, Heineken Cup, The Recreation Ground, October 18, 2009
David Attoub was handed a 70-week ban for gouging in January © Getty Images

Stade Francais prop David Attoub will have to wait until Friday to learn the outcome of his appeal against a 70-week ban after the appeals committee was adjourned on Tuesday.

Attoub was handed the ban in January for gouging flanker Stephen Ferris in Stade Francais' Heineken Cup defeat to Ulster in December. European Rugby Cup disciplinary officer Judge Jeff Blackett described Attoub's actions as "the worst act of contact with the eyes that I have had to deal with: it is a case of deliberate eye gouging."

A statement on the ERC website confirmed that the hearing would resume on Friday: "The independent Appeal Committee, chaired by Professor Lorne Crerar (Scotland) and also comprising Rod McKenzie (Scotland) and Robert Williams (Wales) adjourned the hearing to consider the respective submissions made on behalf of Mr Attoub and ERC, and will give its decision on Friday, 5 March 2010."

Attoub's ban is the second-most severe to have been handed out for a gouging offence in the professional era, exceeded only by the two-year ban handed to Colomiers prop Richard Nones in 1999.

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