O'Driscoll braced for stamp verdict
March 20, 2013
Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll sits out the action having been sin-binned during the Stadio Olimpico clash © PA Photos
The centre was due to appear before an independent disciplinary committee in London this morning after being cited over the incident, which clouded what is thought to have been his 125th and final Test in a green shirt. O'Driscoll was sent to the sin-bin for only the second time in his 14-year professional career in the first half of the match at the Stadio Olimpico, which Ireland lost 22-15.
The 34-year-old lifted his right leg and brought it down on to the chest of Favaro, the Italy openside, who yelled out in pain and writhed around on the turf. The act was out of character for O'Driscoll, who has a fine disciplinary record, and was evidence of his frustration as Ireland slumped to a first Six Nations defeat by Italy.
However, he was lucky to have escaped a red card. The recommended suspension for a low end stamping offence is two weeks, the mid-range five weeks and top end nine weeks, up to a maximum of one year.
While the offence was serious, O'Driscoll's lack of previous disciplinary issues will count in his favour. It will be hoped by his province Leinster that he is available for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final against Wasps on April 5 and for as much of their RaboDirect PRO12 title push as possible. The disciplinary committee will be chaired by Robert Williams, along with Mike Hamlin and John Doubleday.
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