Stade Francais wing Raisuqe handed 15-week ban


Stade Francais' Josaia Raisuqe cannot play in European Rugby Champions Cup again this season unless they reach the final after the wing was handed a 15-week ban.

Raisuqe was hit with the sanction after he was shown a red card in Stade Francais' Champions Cup clash with Munster on Saturday, which they won 27-7, for gouging the eye of CJ Stander.

The suspension means he will not be free to play in the Champions Cup until May 9 - five days before the tournament showpiece at the Stade des Lumieres in Lyon.

A statement on European Professional Club Rugby's (EPCR) website read: "The independent Judicial Officer, Simon Thomas [Wales], heard evidence and submissions from Raisuqe, who pleaded guilty to the offence, from the Stade Francais Paris Chief Executive, Pierre Arnald, and from the EPCR Disciplinary Officer, Liam McTiernan.

"In upholding the red card decision, the Judicial Officer found that Raisuqe had committed an intentional act of foul play. He determined that that offence was at the mid-range of World Rugby's sanctions and selected 18 weeks as the appropriate entry point.

"He added three weeks as a deterrent according to World Rugby's memorandum regarding offences of this nature, before reducing the sanction by one third of the entry point [ie. six weeks] due to Raisuqe's guilty plea, good conduct at the hearing, expression of remorse and youth and inexperience. He then imposed a suspension of 15 weeks.

"Raisuqe is free to play on Monday, 9 May 2016. Both the player and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision."