Stade Français prop David Attoub’s appeal against the 70-week suspension imposed for gouging Ulster’s Stephen Ferris has been thrown out by the Independent Appeal Committee.
Attoub, a French international, had appealed against both the finding of foul play and the level of sanction imposed on him by an independent Disciplinary hearing.
His 16-month ban followed the Heineken Cup Pool 4 match against Ulster at Ravenhill on December 12.
The Independent Appeal Committee, chaired by Professor Lorne Crerar (Scotland) and also comprising fellow Scot Rod McKenzie and Robert Williams of Wales found that Attoub had not demonstrated that the original decision was in error and therefore dismissed the appeal.
Under the IRB Recommended Sanctions for Offences Committed within the Playing Enclosure, contact with the eyes/eye area carries bans ranging from 12 weeks (lower end) up to a maximum 156-weeks sanction.
Attoub is not permitted to play again until April 22 next year.