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Bergamasco gouging ban extended

Mauro Bergamasco
Mauro Bergamasco lost his appeal

Mauro Bergamasco has been hit with an increased ban for gouging Wales full-back Lee Byrne's eyes in their February Six Nations clash.

The Italy flanker lost his appeal against an initial 13-week ban and the disciplinary panel added four weeks to the term.

However, instead of running from March 3, the ban's start date is 26 February.

A statement read: "The committee found the offence merited a top-end entry point in the IRB list of sanctions."


Bergamasco employed a team of lawyers to fight his case and his appeal failure is likely to make future transgressors think twice about taking such action.

The Six Nations statement read: "Mauro Bergamasco, the Italy back row forward, has had his 13 week suspension increased to 17 weeks following his unsuccessful appeal against the original suspension.

"The three-man independent appeal committee rejected the player's appeal to reduce the sanction to a lower-end offence from the mid-range originally applied."

Byrne scored two of Wales' five tries against Italy at the Millennium Stadium on 23 February in a performance that earned him the man-of-the-match award.

The incident took place at the end of Wales' 47-8 win.

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