Rugby Union

Raisuqe gets 15-week suspension for eye-gouging

Stade Francais winger Josaia Raisuqe has been hit with a massive 15-week suspension after being found guilty of eye-gouging says European Rugby organisers. Raisuqe was red carded by referee Nigel Owens after his hand made contact with the eye of Munster’s CJ Stander during last weekend’s European Rugby Champions Cup clash in Paris. He won’t […]

Peni Shute

January 14, 2016 9:43 am

Stade Francais winger Josaia Raisuqe has been hit with a massive 15-week suspension after being found guilty of eye-gouging says European Rugby organisers.

Raisuqe was red carded by referee Nigel Owens after his hand made contact with the eye of Munster’s CJ Stander during last weekend’s European Rugby Champions Cup clash in Paris.

Josaia Raisuqe of Stade Francais gets a red card for this incident with CJ Stander of Munster. PHOTO: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Josaia Raisuqe of Stade Francais gets a red card for this incident with CJ Stander of Munster.
PHOTO: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

He won’t be free to play again until mid-May.

Explaining the decision, the disciplinary committee say:

In upholding the red card decision, the Judicial Officer found that Raisuqe had committed an intentional act of foul play. He determined that that offence was at the mid-range of World Rugby’s sanctions and selected 18 weeks as the appropriate entry point.

He added three weeks as a deterrent according to World Rugby’s memorandum regarding offences of this nature, before reducing the sanction by one third of the entry point (ie. six weeks) due to Raisuqe’s guilty plea, good conduct at the hearing, expression of remorse and youth and inexperience. He then imposed a suspension of 15 weeks.

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