Gloucester Rugby: Andy Hazell hit with 14-week ban
ANDY Hazell has been banned for 14 weeks for punching and kneeing Mont de Marsan replacement Sebastien Ormaechea.
The Gloucester flanker has been hit with the lengthy censure by Amlin Challenge Cup organisers ERC, who have taken a dim view of his actions.
Despite claims he was repeatedly gouged by members of the French Top 14 side, ERC failed to find sufficient evidence to bring any case against Mont de Marsan.
Hazell was sent off in Gloucester’s 11-6 victory on October 11, and was handed his punishment after pleading guilty at a disciplinary hearing in Dublin this morning.
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The 34-year-old’s sending off was his first red card in his lengthy Gloucester career, and judicial officer Roger Morris ruled that the knee blow meant the offence would carry a minimum 12-week suspension.
Hazell will be free to play on Monday, January 21, so will next be available for Gloucester’s LV=Cup clash against Northampton Saints.
The Gloucester-born back-rower will miss 14 matches in total, including last week’s 25-13 Bordeaux victory.