Mauro Bergamasco has lost his appeal against a four week suspension will play no part in his side’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leicester Tigers on Sunday.

Stade Francais and Italy flanker Bergamasco had his suspension upheld by an independent 6 Nations Disciplinary Committee in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Bergamsco was caught by TV cameras striking Wales skipper Stephen Jones during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and Wales on March 10 and subsequently summoned to appear before the committee
The Committee, comprising Professor Lorne Crerar (Scotland) Chairman, Dr. Barry O’Driscoll (Ireland) and Rob Flockart (Scotland) re-viewed the video evidence and decided the original suspension of 4 weeks was merited.
Bergamasco remains suspended until midnight on Sunday 8th April 2007, meaning he is free to recommence playing on Monday 9th April 2007 but ruling him out of the crucial Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.