Apr 6, 2013 at 1pm UK at ​The Recreation Ground
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Jerome Fillol banned for 14 weeks for spitting

Stade Francais' Jerome Fillol in action on November 18, 2007
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Stade Francais scrum-half Jerome Fillol is banned for 14 weeks for spitting at Bath's Peter Stringer.

Stade Francais scrum-half Jerome Fillol has been banned for 14 weeks for spitting at Bath's Peter Stringer.

Fillol spat at Stringer during his side's victory in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final on Saturday.

The player attended a hearing in Dublin today and pleaded guilty. An independent panel downgraded the ban from 26 weeks after taking his "genuine remorse" into account.

A statement on the European Rugby Cup website said: "The Judicial Officer found that Fillol had spat in the face of Stringer and that it had been an intentional, deliberate and grave act.

"He determined that the act warranted a top-end entry point from the IRB's Sanctions for spitting and considered that 26 weeks, from the available range of 11 to 52 weeks, was the appropriate entry point."

The ban will not include pre-season matches, which means that Fillol will be unavailable until August 12.

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