Argentina international Juan Imhoff has been handed a five-week ban following his red-card incident in the recently concluded European Champions Cup clash against Castres at Stade Yves-Du-Manoi.
The 29-year-old was sent-off in the 63rd minute of the game by referee Wayne Barnes for a strike with the head to the head of the Castres Olympique scrum-half Rory Kockott and has been charged with a breach of Law 10.4 (a) that deals with striking the head.
Imhoff appeared before a disciplinary committee that consists of Gareth Graham (England), Chairman, Rod McKenzie (Scotland) and Leon Lloyd (England) and pleaded guilty to the charges laid against him.
The disciplinary panel deemed that the fullback's actions warranted a mid-range sanction of 10 weeks which was reduced into half considering his previous clear disciplinary record.
Imhoff will be free to resume playing from 22nd January next year.