Azam kick earns him a 12-week ban

GLOUCESTER hooker Olivier Azam was last night handed a 12-week ban for kicking England captain Steve Borthwick in the eye.<br /><br />The Frenchman had only just returned from a nine-week eye-gouging ban when he clashed with Saracens star Borthwick in their Premiership clash on 27 September.<br /><br />Borthwick needed five stitches after being hurt in a ruck during his side&rsquo;s 19-16 victory, but is expected to return on 15 October when Saracens face Toulon in the Challenge Cup.<br /><br />Azam is banned until 29 December, forcing him out of Gloucester&rsquo;s first four Heineken Cup matches and the next six Premiership games.<br /><br />Gloucester have conceded a massive 72 penalties in their five matches so far at an average of 14 a match, with six players shown yellow cards.<br /><br />But while insisting his side are not dirty, head coach Bryan Redpath admits his men must wise up.<br />&nbsp; <br />&ldquo;If someone does something on the pitch it has an impact on the whole club,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;If a ref says, &lsquo;next time it&rsquo;s a yellow,&rsquo; we have to be whiter than white.&rdquo;<br />