28 days for Tongan prop
Tongan prop Ngalu Tau'ofo has been banned for 28 days following his dismissal in Friday's World Cup clash against England at Twickenham.
Tau'ofo, a former police officer who plays for Pontypridd, was sent off by Australian referee Wayne Erickson four minutes before half time.
His sickening punch from behind on England flanker Richard Hill reduced the Tongans to 14 men and England ran riot to book their place in next Wednesday's quarter-final play-offs with a 101-10 success.
The Tau'ofo incident came after a dangerous mid-air tackle on England fullback Matt Perry.
Perry was upended illegally by Tongan replacement Isi Tapueluelu, who was yellow-carded. England prop Phil Vickery also collected a caution after reacting on Perry's behalf.
The dust seemed to have settled though before Tau'ofo ran at least 10 metres to poleaxe Hill and leave a capacity Twickenham crowd baying for his dismissal.
Tau'ofo was suspended by a World Cup disciplinary committee today, but with Tonga already out of the tournament, he will miss no international matches.
However, the ban will prevent him from resuming his Pontypridd career in the Welsh-Scottish League until the middle of next month.
No decision has yet been made on whether Tapueluelu or Vickery are to be cited, the match commissioner having 48 hours to decide on any course of action.
So far in World Cup 99, 11 players have been cited for foul play, and a further four - Tau'ofo, Fijian Marika Vunibaka, Canadian flanker Dan Baugh and South African centre Brendan Venter - sent off.