Video: Stade Francais winger Josaia Raisuqe gets 15-week ban for eye gouge on CJ Stander
Stade Francais winger Josaia Raisuqe has been handed a 15-week ban after he was sent off against Munster in the European Champions Cup last weekend.
Raisuqe was dismissed by referee Nigel Owens in the first half of the Parisian club’s 27-7 over the southern province following being adjudged to have made contact with the eye area of CJ Stander.At an independent disciplinary hearing in Paris today, the 21-year-old Fijian pleaded guilty to the offence, and judicial officer Simon Thomas upheld the red card while finding that an intentional act of foul play had been committed against the Munster skipper.The act was in breach of law 10.4, which carries a suspension of anywhere from 12-208 weeks. The following statement was read in the hearing’s aftermath:
“In upholding the red card decision, the Judicial Officer found that Raisuqe had committed an intentional act of foul play. He determined that that offence was at the mid-range of World Rugby’s sanctions and selected 18 weeks as the appropriate entry point.
“He added three weeks as a deterrent according to World Rugby’s memorandum regarding offences of this nature, before reducing the sanction by one third of the entry point (ie. six weeks) due to Raisuqe’s guilty plea, good conduct at the hearing, expression of remorse and youth and inexperience. He then imposed a suspension of 15 weeks.
“Raisuqe is free to play on Monday, 9 May 2016. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.”