Ireland center Bundee Aki was banned by the remainder of the Rugby World Cup following the red card he received in the pool stage against Samoa was upheld.
Aki will miss Irelands quarter-final against tournament favourites New Zealand on Saturday, and the ban means that he would also miss out on any games should Joe Schmidts side advance.
The Samoan-born back has been sent off for a dangerous tackle on UJ Seuteni on Saturday through the 47-5 success on the Pacific Islanders of Ireland.
A statement from tournament organisers explained that a separate judicial committeedid not find the referees decision was wrong and the red card had been declared.
Although the attack happened immediately, the participants tackle height was large and it was approved he didnt make a definite attempt to change his height to be able to prevent the ball carriers mind, the announcement said.
The committee didnt accept that there was sufficient proof of a sudden fall in the ball carriers elevation.
Samoa head coach Steve Jackson made an impassioned defence of Akis prospective participation in the championship following the match, and said his group woulddo everything we can to ensure he gets on the area next week.
Aki could have been pushing to get a starting role from the All Blacks, but his absence will pave the way for Robbie Henshaw to partner Garry Ringrose in midfield.
Even the 29-year-old has 48 hours to appeal the decision, therefore has the right to start a further challenge. But precious few tries yield a change of the initial judgment.
The William Fry partner was unable to convince the panel, although pro attorney Derek Hegarty to Japan flew outside for Aki hearing.
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