Parisse pays for faux pas

ITALY captain Sergio Parisse is set to miss the rest of the RBS Six Nations championships after being handed a 30-day suspension for insulting match referee Laurent Cardona during club side Stade Francais’s

30-14 win against Bordeaux on Saturday.

No8 Parisse, who has won 93 caps for the Azzurri, will definitely miss Saturday’s home match against Wales in Rome.

The 29-year-old also stands to be unavailable for Italy’s final two matches, against England and Ireland, but hinted he may take up the option of appealing.

Parisse used his Twitter account to apologise: “Sorry to my team-mates and fans for the red card, which I find too harsh! I never insulted M. Cardona.”