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Burger receives eight-weeks ban for eye-gouging

South African flanker Schalk Burger has received an eight-week ban for eye-gouging British and Irish Lions winger Luke Fitzgerald in the opening minutes of Saturday's second Test between the two teams.

Burger was given a yellow card by referee Christophe Berdos following the incident, but citing commissioner Steve Hinds cited the player during the 12-hour post-match window and a hearing earlier today imposed the suspension.

The ban will rule the combative flanker out of next week's third Test at Ellis Park next Saturday as well as South Africa's first three games of this year's Tri-Nations. Springbok second row Bakkies Botha is also out of next weekend's final game of the Lions tour after receiving a two week ban for a dangerous tackle on prop Adam Jones.

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