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Corry handed six-week suspension

Martin Corry
Corry retired from international rugby after the 2007 World Cup

Leicester captain Martin Corry has been suspended for six weeks by a Heineken Cup disciplinary committee for "an act contrary to good sportsmanship".

The 35-year-old was cited for "striking or making contact with the eye" of Ospreys hooker Richard Hibbard during the Heineken Cup tie on 24 January.

Corry was found guilty of making contact with the eye/eye area but it was deemed to be unintentional.

The ban rules out Corry until 26 March although both parties can appeal.

Corry's disciplinary hearing was initially scheduled for 5 February but was put back due to the heavy snowfall on both sides of the Irish Sea.

We are disappointed that Martin has been found guilty of any offence

Leicester statement
The length of the ban means the lock could make a possible comeback against Newcastle in a Guinness Premiership match at Kingston Park on 27 March, and leaves him free to face Bath in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals on 11 April.

A longer ban could have marked the end of Corry's career as he is to retire at the end of the season.

The punishment for purposefully targeting an opponent's eyes could have been anything from a ban of 12 weeks to three years.

"We are disappointed that Martin has been found guilty of any offence, but pleased that the committee determined that there was no intention and that no injury occurred," said a Leicester statement.

"As regards the possibility of an appeal, we shall wait until we have seen the written verdict and review the situation then."

In September, Northampton's Neil Best was banned for 18 weeks for gouging and in 2007 Best's club colleague Dylan Hartley was banned for six months for the same offence.

Leicester lost the game in which the incident occurred 15-9 but still topped their pool, to earn the last-eight clash against Bath.

After the game, the Ospreys accused Leicester's recalled England prop Julian White of gouging. He denied it, has not been cited, and the Ospreys have apologised.

But Leicester say that they could yet take legal action over the issue.

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Rabeni handed 14-week suspension
31 Mar 08 |  English
Saints withdraw Hartley's appeal
25 Apr 07 |  Northampton
Anglesea wins appeal
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