Thursday 26 April 2018

Bundee Aki to miss Connacht's Champions Cup playoff with three-game ban for treatment of referee

15 April 2017; Bundee Aki of Connacht is tackled by Dominic Ryan of Leinster during the Guinness PRO12 Round 20 match between Connacht and Leinster at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
15 April 2017; Bundee Aki of Connacht is tackled by Dominic Ryan of Leinster during the Guinness PRO12 Round 20 match between Connacht and Leinster at the Sportsground in Galway. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Connacht star Bundee Aki has been ruled out of the province's Champions Cup playoff semi-final after being handed a three match ban for his treatment of referee Ian Davies during the loss to Leinster.

The PRO 12 disciplinary panel found Aki guilty of misconduct for his 'behaviour to and remarks directed toward referee Ian Davies during and immediately after the Round 20 fixture between Connacht Rugby and Leinster Rugby (April 15, 2017).'

Aki's ban rules him out of Connacht's remaining PRO 12 fixtures, home to Scarlets and away to Munster, but more importantly, prevents him from playing in the team's Champions Cup playoff, where they will face the seventh ranked team in either England or France.

Were Connacht to win that game without Aki, then the dynamic centre would return for the playoff final where the westerners would face either the Cardiff Blues or the French/English side, with a place in the Champions Cup at stake.

Aki can return to play from Monday May 22nd, with the first playoff game scheduled for the weekend before.

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