Samoa appeal Lima ban
PA Sport
September 25, 2007

Samoa have appealed against centre Brian Lima's three-week suspension for a dangerous tackle on England star Jonny Wilkinson.

Lima, the only player to feature in five World Cups, was banned by tournament judicial officer Professor Lorne Crerar.

The 35-year-old was cited by match commissioner, New Zealander Steven Hines, with the ban ruling him out of Samoa's Pool A finale against America tomorrow.

Samoa coach Michael Jones said: ``We are pursuing it out of principle.

``We have looked at some of the more serious offences that have got a week or two weeks, so just like the referee, all we are asking for is consistency.

``The fact is, it would have been his last game after 18 years playing in five World Cups, so it is a tragedy for him and Samoa and all the supporters of the
world who loved watching Brian play.

``The real pity is this is the first time in 18 years he has ever been cited.''

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