Leicester have suspended former England prop Julian White for a week - despite the fact that his internal ban does not take in any competitive matches.
White, who has also been fined £5,000, will appear before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel on Tuesday charged with stamping during last weekend’s Premiership play-off semi-final victory at Gloucester.
But in an apparent attempt to encourage leniency in the independent panel, Tigers have slapped their own punishment on the veteran front row, although the terms of their penalty leave him free to face Wasps in the play-off final a week tomorrow.
The only match White will sit out is this Sunday’s clash with the Classic All Blacks at Welford Road.
A club statement read: "Julian White immediately accepted his guilt of the offence. He has been remorseful and is very sorry that he has let down his team-mates.
"He has been banned by the club for seven days and has consequently been withdrawn from playing this weekend.
"Also, the club have fined Julian £5,000 as this is his second disciplinary hearing of the season."