Sona Taumalolo handed four-week ban
November 20, 2013
Former Chiefs star Sona Taumalolo will not play in Cardiff © Getty Images
Tonga prop Sona Taumalolo will miss the Test against Wales in Cardiff on Friday after receiving a red card for punching France lock Yoann Maestri in Le Havre last weekend.
The players each appeared before an independent three-man IRB disciplinary committee in London on Tuesday, but Maestri's red card was deemed a sufficient sanction and no suspension was imposed.
"Both players had accepted prior to the hearing that their actions had warranted a red card, and the committee deemed that Sona Taumalolo's offence was in the mid-range of the IRB's sanctions [five weeks], allowing one week off for mitigating factors," panel officials said in a statement.
Taumalolo can resume playing on December 16.
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