Ireland centre Bundee Aki was banned from the remainder of this Rugby World Cup following the red card he received in the swimming pool stage was upheld.
Aki will miss Irelands quarter-final against tournament favourites New Zealand on Saturday, along with the ban means that he would also miss out on any further matches needs to Joe Schmidts facet progress.
The Samoan-born rear has been sent off for a dangerous tackle on UJ Seuteni on Saturday during Irelands 47-5 triumph on the Pacific Islanders.
An announcement from tournament organisers explained that a separate judicial committeedid not find that the referees decision was incorrect and the red card was first faked.
Though the tackle happened quickly, the participants tackle height was large and it was approved he did not make a definite attempt to change his height in order to avert the ball companys mind, the announcement said.
The committee didnt accept that there was sufficient evidence of a sudden drop at the ball carriers height.
Samoa head trainer Steve Jackson made an impassioned defence of Akis future involvement in the championship following the match, also said his staff woulddo whatever we can to ensure he gets on the field next week
His absence will pave the way for fit-again Robbie Henshaw, although aki could have been pushing hard for a starting job against the All Blacks.
Even the 29-year-old has 48 hours so gets the right to launch a challenge. But precious few attempts yield a reversal of the ruling.
The William Fry partner was not able to convince the panel, although pro attorney Derek Hegarty into Japan flew out to get the disciplinary hearing of Aki.
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