Rugby-Parisse suspended for remainder of Six Nations

PARIS, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Italy captain Sergio Parisse has been suspended for the remainder of the Six Nations championship after he was sent off for insulting a referee during a French Top 14 club match, the French league (LNR) said on Wednesday.

In a statement LNR said the Italian number eight had been handed a 40-day suspension of which 10 days were suspended.

"Mr Sergio Parisse will be allowed to play again on March 18, 2013", the statement said.

Parisse, who plays for Stade Fran├žais, was sent off during his team's 30-14 win over Bordeaux-Begles last Saturday. He denied insulting the referee.

Italy, who beat France before losing to Scotland, host Wales on Saturday before playing England and Ireland. (Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by John Mehaffey)