Ireland centre Bundee Aki was banned from the remainder of the Rugby World Cup after the red card he received against Samoa in the pool period has been upheld.
Also the ban means he would miss out on any games, and aki will miss Irelands quarter-final against tournament favourites New Zealand on Saturday should Joe Schmidts facet advance.
The Samoan-born back has been sent off for a dangerous tackle on UJ Seuteni through the 47-5 triumph over the Pacific Islanders of Ireland on Saturday.
A statement from championship organisers explained that a separate judicial committeedidnt find the referees decision was incorrect and the red card was faked.
Although the tackle happened fast, the participants handle height was high and it was approved he did not make a definite effort to change his elevation to be able to get around the ball carriers mind, the statement said.
The committee didnt accept there was adequate evidence of a sudden fall at the ball carriers elevation.
Samoa head trainer Steve Jackson made an impassioned defence of Akis prospective involvement in the championship following the game, and said his group woulddo everything we can to ensure he gets to the area next week
Aki would have been pushing to get a starting role from the All Blacks, but his absence will pave the way for Robbie Henshaw to associate Garry Ringrose in midfield.
Even the 29-year-old has 48 hours so gets the right to start a further challenge. But few attempts yield a change of the ruling.
Ireland flew out pro attorney Derek Hegarty to Japan to get Akis disciplinary hearing, however, the William Fry spouse was unable to convince the board.
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