Friday, January 29, 2010
Ulster flank Stephen Ferris has incredibly been the victim of yet another piece of dirty play, this time from Bath lock Danny Grewcock who stamped on his arm in a Heineken Cup match last weekend.
Not too long ago it was Ferris who was eye-gouged by both Julien Dupuy and David Atoub, resulting in lengthy bans for the Stade Francais players. Following this latest incident, Grewcock received a seven week suspension.
He received a red card from referee Jerome Garces at the time, and was found guilty of a mid-range in the level of seriousness stamp following a European Rugby Cup disciplinary hearing in Dublin.
The 37 year old has a history of disciplinary problems, which was taken into account by the independent judicial officer as he delivered the punishment.
The standard suspension for a mid-range offence is five weeks but Grewcock was given an extra fortnight, resulting in him being out of the game until March 13.
The 2003 World Cup winner missed the 2007 World Cup as he was suspended for six weeks at the time, and in November last year he was banned for two weeks for striking Neil de Kock of Saracens.
Grewcock has been suspended in the past for stamping, punching, and even biting. But when youre a brutish forward whos been in the game for 15 years, theres a pretty high chance that youll have the occasional run in the with law.
Hell now have a few weeks on the sidelines to reflect on a more than eventful career so far.