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Heineken Cup: Castres flanker Diarra suspended for Ulster clash

The French international was today handed an eight-week ban for stamping during Sunday’s win over Glasgow.

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CASTRES OLYMPIQUE FLANKER Ibrahim Diarra will not be a problem for Ulster when the northern province meet the French side in their final pool fixture in January.

Diarra was cited this week in the wake of their Pool 4 clash with Glasgow Warriors for stamping on prop Moray Low.

Irish citing commissioner, Denis Templeton, made the complaint with regards Law 10.4 (b) and in Dublin today independent judicial officer, Christopher Quinlan, received a not guilty plea from Diarra.

Diarra’s protestation of innocence did not help his cause as the citing committee upheld the complaint, with a statement from the ERC today saying:

“Diarra had committed a deliberate stamp and had made contact with Low’s head.”

An eight-week ban will be imposed on the French international who played a part in both of Castres’ narrow Heineken Cup wins over the Warriors, but did not feature against Northampton or Ulster in the opening two rounds this season.

Ulster currently sit top of Pool 4, three points clear of the Top 14 club who will host Ireland’s northern province on January 19. Diarra’s suspension will lapse on February 11, after two games of the Six Nations.

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