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Wednesday Apr 22, 2015

Jocelino Suta penalised for MMA style chokehold on Richardt Strauss

Toulon second rower Jocelino Suta may consider himself lucky not to have seen a card for his wrestling inspired stranglehold on Leinster hooker, Richardt Strauss, in the eventful European Champions Cup semi-final on Sunday. Many people have voiced their displeasure with the event, so you can watch the incredible footage here and decide for yourself. 

The Leinster front-rower immediately begins to protest as soon as Suta wraps his sizeable arm around his neck. Despite Strauss’ clear discomfort, the Toulon replacement does not make any effort to loosen his grip and continues to apply the hold as they tumble to the ground.

Referee, Wayne Barnes, could be heard to demand Suta release Strauss’ neck, but his requests go unheeded and Leinster are awarded the much welcomed penalty, which once converted brought them back to level terms in the early stages of extra-time. 

Do you think Suta deserved more than a warning, or was Strauss playing up for the penalty?

Check out the Related Posts or head to our Dirty Play section for more of the same. 

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