Bath wing Aled Brew has been suspended for three weeks for striking Northampton's George Furbank in the recently concluded Gallagher Premiership clash between the two teams.
Brew was sent-off in the 48th minute by referee Ian Tempest during the game at Recreation Ground but despite his absence, Bath went on to register a 22-13 win.
The 33-year-old appeared before a three-person independent disciplinary panel comprising of Dan White (chair) with Chris Skaife and John Doubleday and was proved guilty of the charges.
"The panel did not accept that this was a reckless action by the player. It was a deliberate action that was completely avoidable; albeit committed in the heat of the moment," said panel chair Dan White.
"No injury was caused to the opposition player who passed the HIA and returned to the field.
"Balancing all factors, the panel considered that this was a mid-range starting point of six weeks.
"The player had accepted the charge at the earliest possible opportunity, showed remorse on and off-field and was candid before the panel in respect of his intentions.
"He has a clean disciplinary record over a lengthy career at a high level and on that basis he was awarded the full mitigation of 50 per cent.”
Bath are currently positioned ninth in the Gallagher Premiership table with two wins from four games.