Toulon back Ma’a Nonu has been suspended following the red card he received against Lyon for lashing out at scrum half Jean-Marc Doussain. He faced a disciplinary hearing last night.
The Lyon scrum half dropped his shoulder into Nonu as the Toulon centre ran past him in the first half, which instigated a naughty forearm from Nonu to the face of Doussain.
Doussain then milked it by falling to his knees holding his face in front of the referee which led to a straight red for Nonu, while the scrum half was also shown yellow for instigating the situation at Matmut Stadium.
Ma’a Nonu’s red card against Lyon 🟥
Jean-Marc Doussain was shown a yellow card for his actions. 🟨 pic.twitter.com/MFis2Tem6v
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Toulon, therefore, had to play more than half the game with a man fewer, leading to a dominant 54-16 win for Lyon.
At the disciplinary hearing, the All Black great was found guilty of “brutality” and in particular for “Punching or hitting with the hand or the arm”.
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An entry point of six-weeks was applied, but in view of mitigating circumstances including his acknowledgement of guilt and expression of remorse, the sanction was reduced to a 3-week suspension.
Due to the schedule of matches currently being uncertain, the exact date of his suspension, and matches he will miss, will be communicated later.