The Italy rugby captain Sergio Parisse has been suspended for the remainder of the Six Nations championship after he was sent off for insulting a referee during a French Top 14 club match.
The Italian number eight has been handed a 40-day suspension of which 10 days were suspended.
Parisse, who plays for Stade Francais, was sent off during his team's 30-14 win over Bordeaux-Begles last Saturday. He denied insulting the referee.
Italy, who beat France before losing to Scotland, host Wales this weekend before playing England and Ireland.