Dallaglio banned

Wasps have imposed a one-week suspension on captain Lawrence Dallaglio, after he was cited by the Rugby Football Union for alleged foul play.

The former England skipper was cited for allegedly striking Leicester prop Julian White during Wasps 34-24 defeat to the Tigers in Saturday’s EDF Cup semi-final at the Millennium stadium

Wasps’ move to suspend Dallaglio for one week pre-empts any official decision to impose a longer ban on the No.8 that could bring his career to a premature end, with the low-end punishment starting at two week suspension and a top end of eight.

A club statement read: “Following the RFU’s citing of Lawrence Dallaglio on 25 March 2008, London Wasps has investigated the matter with him and is satisfied that although his actions did infringe IRB Rule 10(4)(a), there was no intention or malice on his part.

“Taking into account his exemplary previous disciplinary history the club has decided that it is appropriate to suspend Lawrence Dallaglio from playing for one week, effective from 25 March 2008.”

Dallaglio added:”I accept the sanction of a week’s suspension from playing for my club. I acknowledge that my actions infringed the rules, although I wish to stress that they were unintentional and without any malice.

I have extended my apologies to Julian White. I hope that I can now draw a line under this incident and enjoy playing out the rest of my final season.”