Heineken Cup - Northampton's Hartley banned over Best incident

Northampton captain Dylan Hartley has received a two-week ban after being cited for foul play in a Heineken Cup game.

The England international hooker was reported for striking his opposite number Rory Best during last Friday's Pool Four encounter at Franklin's Gardens.

Hartley will miss Saturday's Ulster return fixture in Belfast, plus Northampton's Aviva Premiership appointment at home to Harlequins on December 22.

In a statement, European Rugby Cup said Hartley pleaded guilty to the offence.