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Tonga winger Fine banned 3 matches for red card

November 11, 2021 GMT

DUBLIN (AP) — Wing Viliami Fine will miss the rest of Tonga’s rugby tour of Europe after receiving a three-match ban on Thursday for his red card against England.

Fine was sent off on Saturday at Twickenham for elbowing the face of Marcus Smith after tackling him over the sideline late in the match. England won 69-3.

Fine accepted it was a red card offense at his disciplinary hearing, where the committee agreed the strike wasn’t powerful and Smith wasn’t injured.

The panel took into account Fine’s apology to Smith, his guilty plea, and clean record in dropping the sanction from a six-week starting point.

Fine will miss Tonga’s tour matches against the French Barbarians this weekend and Romania next week, and likely a match for his Otago provincial side.

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