Wales prop Chris Horsman has received a four-week ban following his appearance before Rugby Football Union disciplinary chiefs.
The 31-year-old Worcester forward admitted an amended charge of stamping on Harlequins prop Mike Ross during Warriors’ Guinness Premiership defeat seven days ago.
Horsman was cited, which resulted in an appointment with a three-man RFU panel in Swindon.
His suspension runs from October 6, the date of the citing, until November 2.
Horsman will miss Worcester’s opening European Challenge Cup appointments with Petrarca and Bucuresti, plus the EDF Energy Cup group games against Ospreys and Quins.
Worcester yesterday made something of a pre-emptive strike by fining Horsman £2,000 and suspending him for a fortnight.
In a statement, the Warriors said: “As a club, Worcester Warriors do not condone violent conduct, and as such, have imposed a suspension on the player for a period of two weeks and imposed a fine on the player of £2,000.”
Horsman has won 14 caps for Wales, making two appearances during last year’s World Cup, including the tournament-ending defeat against Fiji in Nantes.