Edinburgh centre Nick De Luca has been slapped with a 13-week ban after being found guilty of a tip tackle in last week's clash with the Ospreys.
The Scotland international was handed a red card for the dangerous tackle on Ospreys scrum-half Tom Grabham in contravention of Law 10.4(j), in the PRO12 fixture in Swansea on Friday 22 February.
On Wednesday an independent Pro12 disciplinary committee considered the incident to be at the top end level for this type of offence, which has a range of suspensions from 12 to 52 weeks.
Having taken into account aggravating and mitigating factors, the committee decided that a suspension of 13 weeks was appropriate. T
The suspension concludes on Sunday 26 May. The player has a right of appeal.
De Luca was playing for the second time following his return from surgery on a fractured eye socket suffered in training in January, an injury which had meant he was expected to miss the Six Nations.