An independent Appeal Committee has dismissed the appeal lodged by Munster on behalf of their player, Alan Quinlan, following his six-week suspension for stamping…

An independent Disciplinary Committee applied the sanction on 20 December, 2006 following Mr Quinlan’s citing in the Round 4 Heineken Cup Pool 4 match against Cardiff Blues at Thomond Park on Saturday, 16 December.

The independent Appeal Committee, chaired by Rod McKenzie (Scotland) and also comprising Robert Horner (England), found that Munster did not establish any error on the part of the original committee’s decision and refused the appeal.

An independent Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Christopher Quinlan (England) and also comprising Bruce Reece-Russel (England) and Iain Goodall (Scotland) had heard the citing lodged by the Citing Commissioner for the match, Alan Mansell (England).

Following an admission of guilt by the player they found that Mr Quinlan had been in contravention of Law: 10.4 (b) – Stamping or trampling: A player must not stamp or trample on an opponent.

A decision on costs will be made in the coming days. Mr Quinlan will be free to play again on Wednesday, 31 January, 2007.

Matthew Lohn (England), who was part of the original Appeal Committee, was unavailable for the reconvened hearing in Dublin this week.