Johan Deysel handed SIX match ban after Dupont tackle
Namibia captain Johan Deysel has been banned for six matches following his dangerous tackle on France captain Antoine Dupont.
Namibia captain Johan Deysel has been banned for six matches following his dangerous tackle on Antoine Dupont that left the France skipper with a facial fracture.
Deysel was sent off during the Rugby World Cup Pool A match last Thursday that Namibia lost 96-0.
Deysel’s yellow card following the head-to-head tackle, with France leading 54-0, was upgraded to red on review.
He will miss Namibia’s final Rugby World Cup fixture against Uruguay on Wednesday, 27 September plus five other matches to be determined.
However, if Deysel completes World Rugby’s coaching intervention programme, the ban will be reduced to five games.
Johan Deysel appeared before an independent disciplinary panel, when he accepted that foul play had occurred and had warranted a red card.
The panel decided that the entry point was a 12-match ban, then reduced by 50 percent due to mitigating factors such as his disciplinary record and apology to Dupont, plus another match removed on completion of tackle school.
World Rugby said that the panel categorised Deysel’s action as “being at the top end of the scale of seriousness of offending” with regard to the “degree of recklessness involved in the offending, the vulnerability of the victim player and the significant injury to him”.
The independent Disciplinary Committee was chaired by Adam Casselden SC (Australia), joined by former international referees Donal Courtney (Ireland) and Juan Pablo Spirandelli (Argentina).