Rugby: Former All Black Afoa suspended

Former All Blacks prop John Afoa has been suspended by Irish side Ulster for four weeks following a disciplinary hearing in Dublin yesterday.

Afoa was alleged to have carried out a dangerous tackle on Munster fullback Felix Jones during the second half of a Heineken Cup quarter-final match on Sunday and will miss the semifinal clash with Edinburgh.

The complaint was made by citing commissioner Peter Larter.

Independent judicial officer Jean-Nel Couraud heard evidence and submissions from Afoa who pleaded not guilty to foul play.

The player was accompanied by Ulster's director of rugby David Humphreys, team manager David Millar and legal representative Donal Spring.

Couraud also heard evidence and submissions from European Rugby Cup disciplinary officer Roger O'Connor.

The judicial officer upheld the complaint and found that the offence warranted a red card.

Afoa will be free to play on Monday, May 7. Both the player and ERC have the right to appeal against the decision.

- APNZ

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