Gloucester flanker Lewis Ludlow has been handed a four-week ban, having been cited following his team's trip to Wasps last weekend.
Ludlow, 24, was seen to have made contact with the head of Wasps' centre Elliot Daly with his boot whilst stepping over a ruck and was cited by independent citing commissioner Andy Blyth.
Ludlow contested the charge but was found guilty by the independent disciplinary panel comprising Gareth Graham (chair) with Matthew Weaver and Martyn Wood. He was given a four week suspension and is free to play again on Tuesday 6 November 2018.
Independent panel chair Gareth Graham said: "The panel accepted that this was a dynamic situation; the incident occurred over a very short period. The player knew that there were bodies on the floor and, in counter-rucking, attempted to step over them.
"In so doing, he ran the risk that he may commit an act of foul play by making contact with the head or body of an opposition player. By stepping on the opposition player, his actions fell squarely within the definition of a reckless act under the RFU Regulations. The panel found that this act of foul play passed the red card threshold.
"The mandatory entry point for contact to the head is mid-range under the sanction table; a ban of six weeks. The player did not accept the charge. He expressed remorse for his actions and had positive character references. While he has one previous matter on his record, it was four years old. The panel felt that on balance, taking into account all factors, they could reduce the overall sanction by two weeks to take account of his mitigation. He is free to play again on the 6 November."
Ludlow's four-week ban will see him miss Gloucester's first two rounds of Champions Cup action against Castre (home) and Munster (away).