Forget the controversial dismissal of players during these World Cup games in Japan.

Ireland have been robbed before the quarter-final with New Zealand has even kicked off in Tokyo.

The three-game ban on midfielder Bundee Aki is the tournament's lowest point outside of the human tragedy caused by a massive typhoon.


Aki's ban is an injustice which hurts the tournament's credibility. It reeks of cold-hearted dogma.

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I don't believe Aki should even have been sent off against Samoa, for an alleged high shoulder-first tackle on Ulupano Seuteni.

But however it played out on the field, there was time for