A Welsh rugby player has been banned for eight weeks for making a racist comment to an opponent.
The player from Blaenau Gwent side Trefil, who has not been named by the Welsh Rugby Union, will be able to resume playing from March 23 as he was already suspended by his club.
The incident took place during a League 3 East Central C clash between Trefil and Llanrumney in Cardiff in the first week of January this year.
At the time, Llanrumney claimed one of their players, centre Wayne Dacruz, had been racially abused, being called a “black c***”.
That resulted in their players leaving the field in protest, with the game coming to an early end.
They reported the incident to the WRU and called for strong action to be taken.
A disciplinary panel decided to reduce the ban from 12 weeks to eight, on the grounds that the Trefil player had been significantly provoked and it was “out of character” for him.
In a statement, the Union said there is "no place for abuse of any kind in rugby union."
After the incident, Llanrumney secretary Patrick Cachia said ''racism isn't welcome'':
Gwent valley club Trefil took swift action at the time, suspending their accused player from all club activities pending a full internal investigation and the subsequent investigation from the WRU.
“We as a club do not condone any derogatory abuse in any way and will act accordingly to uphold the good name of our sport,” they said.