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Bundee Aki will miss the rest of the Rugby World Cup after receiving a three-game ban.
The Ireland centre was sent off in Ireland’s final pool game against Samoa for a high tackle, and will now miss his side’s quarter-final against New Zealand.
Aki contested the decision and attempted to have it overturned, but a disciplinary panel upheld referee Nic Berry’s red card decision, and gave Aki a six-match ban.
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That ban is reduced to three games due to the centre’s clean disciplinary history and good conduct and behaviour.
“In our opinion the referee was correct to issue the Red Card because, consistent with World Rugby’s High Tackle Sanction Framework, the Player executed an illegal high tackle on his opponent, the ball carrier, because his left shoulder came into clear contact with his opponent’s head,” World Rugby’s ruling said.
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