Six Nations 2014: Stuart Hogg receives three-week ban

Six Nations 2014: Scotland's Stuart Hogg receives a three-week ban for a late challenge on Dan Biggar in a 51-3 defeat

Stuart Hogg has been banned for three weeks by a Six Nations disciplinary panel in London.

The 21-year-old Glasgow Warriors star was red carded after 23 minutes for a late challenge which poleaxed Dan Biggar in Scotland’s 51-3 defeat to Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

“I’m very sorry, I have let people down and apologise to my team-mates, the Scotland management and all Scotland supporters,” Hogg told scottishrugby.org.

“I am disappointed to be missing three games but fully respect the committee’s decision.”

Referee Jerôme Garces initially showed the player a yellow card before seeing the full extent of the challenge and upgraded it to a red card, which the player did not contest.

“Having viewed the TV footage of the incident and considered representations by and on behalf of the player, determined that the player’s actions constituted an act of foul play contrary to Law 10.4(f) and that it was in the mid-range of the IRB’s sanctions for the type of offence, resulting an entry-point of a five-week playing suspension,” read a statement from the tournament organiser.

“The Disciplinary Committee found that there were no aggravating factors and granted the player a 40 per cent [two week] reduction to account for mitigating factors, including the player’s remorse for the incident both on the day of the match and subsequently through the media.

“The Disciplinary Committee therefore imposed a sanction of a three week playing suspension. Stuart Hogg is suspended from playing until midnight on 6 April 2014 and has the right of appeal.”

Hogg became the third Scotland player to be sent off in a Test match, the first since Scott Murray at the same venue in 2006, an act which left Scotland helpless as Wales ran in six tries during his absence.

Hogg’s ban means he will miss the Warriors’ crucial RaboDirect Pro12 matches against fellow play-off hopefuls Scarlets and Ospreys at Scotstoun Stadium this month as well as next month’s rearranged game at home to Benetton Treviso.

He will be allowed to return on 6 April and should go straight back into Gregor Townsend’s squad to face Munster at Scotstoun on Saturday 12 April.

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