Rugby World Cup
Waqaniburotu gets three-match ban
September 20, 2011
Waqaniburotu has 48 hours to appeal his ban © Getty Images
Fiji flanker Dominiko Waqaniburotu has been suspended for three weeks for foul play and will miss his side's remaining World Cup Pool D matches against Samoa and Wales.
Waqaniburotu admitted to a dangerous tip tackle in Fiji's 49-3 loss to South Africa in Wellington last weekend and will be suspended until October 9 - meaning he will also be absent from the quarter-finals, should Fiji get there.
A statement from Rugby World Cup organisers read: "With respect to the sanction, the offence was deemed to be mid-range (which has an entry point of six weeks).
"However, taking into account mitigating factors including his admission, his excellent disciplinary record and remorse and the absence of aggravating factors, the player was suspended for a period of three weeks."
Waqaniburotu has 48 hours in which to appeal.
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