Baleinaloto suspended for 7 weeks

Fijian lock Penioni Toga is escorted off the field after sustaining an injury against Ireland on Tuesday. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fijian lock Penioni Toga is escorted off the field after sustaining an injury against Ireland on Tuesday. Photo: Planet Rugby

Fiji Under 20 flyhalf Maika Baleinaloto was suspended by the IRB Junior Rugby World Cup judicial officer for seven weeks of playing rugby after ruling Baleinaloto had committed an act of foul play during Fiji’s match against France last Friday.

Judicial Officer Chris Morris said Baleinaloto was “suspended from taking part in any game of rugby” until 20th July. The tournament is being held in New Zealand.

The hearing on Sunday was presided by Mr Morris and present were two other IRB officials and; Baleinaloto and national Under 20 manager Paula Biu.

The hearing heard that in the 70th minute of play, referee Vlad Lordacgescu after being notified by one of the assistant referees of the indiscretion by Baleinaloto; contacted the television match official.

The TV official informed the referee that “player had lifted an opposing player beyond the horizontal and dropped him. No care in bringing the player down.”

Baleinaloto was red carded and sent off the field as a result of the tackle while the French player had not yet secured the ball.

Baleinaloto will miss the three matches Fiji will play in the tournament (including Ireland on Wednesday) and four more weeks after he returns to the country after the tournament.

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