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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Juan Manuel Leguizamon eyegouge that got an 80 day ban

The Juan Manuel Leguizamon eyegouge that got an 80 day ban

Last week Stade Francais and Argentina backrower Juan Manuel was banned from rugby for 80 days following illegal contact with the eyes against Toulouse in the Top 14. Not many have seen the incident in question, so weve organised an exclusive clip, as well as footage of his earlier dangerous tackle.

Leguizamon picked up the heavy ban after the Stade Francais game against Toulouse at the end of last month. While he was not actually found guilty of deliberately eye gouging Jean Bouilhou, he was deemed to have made contact with the eye region.

He had been carded earlier in what was quite a violent game, where four yellow cards were handed out for dirty play. You can see his tackle at the beginning of the clip. He wasnt pinned for eye gouging later on, but was subsequently cited and charged.

Despite the victim, Bouilhou, actually sending a letter in to the leagues disciplinary committee to exonerate Leguizamon, the Argentine international was still found guilty and given the 80 day ban, the minimum for such an offence.

He will be able to play again on December 5, resulting in him missing out on Test matches for Argentina in November, as well as Top 14 and Amlin Challenge Cup games.

Eye gouging is a sensitive subject and it cant be taken lightly, but do you think that he was possibly dealt with a little harshly on this one? Or maybe all players should be aware by now that if you get your hands near another players face, youre going to be in trouble.

Time: 01:43

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