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Stoddart clear to face Leinster

Wales international Morgan Stoddart has been cleared to continue playing following his sending-off in last weekend's Heineken Cup clash between the Scarlets and Clermont Auvergne.

Scarlets star Stoddart was shown an automatic red card by Irish referee Peter Fitzgibbon after receiving two yellows in a game his team lost 49-16 at Stade Marcel Michelin.

European Rugby Cup independent judicial officer Anthony Davies, who considered the matter by means of written submissions, has decided the red card was sufficient punishment, tournament organisers announced.

Davies concluded that neither yellow card offence involved foul play directed at an opponent and that no additional action was necessary.

It means that Stoddart is available for the Scarlets' Heineken Cup appointment at home to holders Leinster on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Glasgow wing Tommy Seymour has been banned for a week and will miss his team's Heineken Cup clash against Ulster on Friday night.

Seymour was cited by match commissioner Yves Thieffine for a dangerous 'tip' tackle on Northampton's Vasily Artemyev during a Heineken Cup Pool Four encounter last Sunday. He pleaded not guilty to foul play at a disciplinary hearing in Dublin today, but independent judicial officer Simon Thomas upheld the citing complaint.

In a statement, European Rugby Cup said: "The judicial officer upheld the citing complaint and employing the IRB recommended sanctions for Law 10.4(j), he decided that the offence warranted a low-end entry point of four weeks.

"However, when considering the very specific circumstances of the tackle, the judicial officer felt that a four-week suspension would be 'wholly disproportionate'.

"Accordingly, and based on the presence of a number of mitigating factors, including Seymour's clean record, the judicial officer reduced the sanction to a one-week suspension."


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