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Friday, May 25, 2012

Carl Hayman suspended for four weeks for Zee Ngwenya spear tackle

Former All Black Carl Hayman will miss Toulon's Top 14 play-off game against Racing Metro this weekend after he was suspended for four weeks by an ERC disciplinary committee earlier today. If Toulon make the final, he will be unavailable for selection. 

Prop Hayman commmitted the dangerous tackle on Biarritz wing Takudzwa Ngwenya during the Amlin Challenge Cup final last Friday night. He was immediately shown a yellow card by referee Wayne Barnes, with onlookers and commentators surprised by the leniency of the decision.

He lifted and tipped the USA flyer in a tackle that had all the ingredients to be a red card sending off. Independant judicial officer Christopher Quinlan felt the same way, deciding the offence warranted a mid-range entry point of a six week suspension.

Hayman accepted that he was wrong to commit the tackle, but insisted it was a yellow card offence only. Quinlan disagreed, but took three weeks off due to Hayman's good record and character, then added one as a deterrent for dangerous tackling.

He will miss the knockout stages of the Top 14 due to the ban, of which the first three weeks will expire on June 10, the day after the Top 14 final. Another week will be served during Toulon's pre-season period, when they play a fixture in late July.

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