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Saturday 16 December 2017

Chabal facing lengthy ban over YouTube 'hit'

Sebastien Chabal
Sebastien Chabal

Former France international Sebastien Chabal faces a lengthy ban for throwing a hefty punch during his club Lyon's second division game against Agen last weekend.

The veteran back-row forward has been summoned to appear before the French national league of rugby's disciplinary commission on January 3.

If guilty, he could be suspended for between two weeks and one year over the incident which has become a YouTube hit.

Chabal found himself in hot water after striking Agen's Marc Giraud, who was holding onto his shirt in the game last Saturday. The force of the blow knocked Giraud unconscious.

Chabal picked up a yellow card for the strike which he later described as "regrettable but a reflex action."

Irish Independent

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