De Luca Suspended For 13 Weeks

Nick De LucaEdinburgh Rugby centre Nick De Luca appeared today before an independent RaboDirect Pro12 disciplinary committee comprising Michael Coghlan, Dr Barry O'driscoll and David Hurley (all from Ireland), following the red card issued by the referee for a tip tackle contrary to Law 10.4 (j) during the Ospreys and Edinburgh match on Friday 22 February.

The statement read: "Having considered all of the evidence presented, including the video of the incident, the 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 and having taken into account aggravating and mitigating factors, decided that a suspension of 13 weeks was appropriate."

The suspension concludes at midnight on Sunday 26 May 2013.

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The player has a right of appeal.