Ex All Black Ma’a Nonu gets three-week ban for ugly elbow strike on rival
3 April, 2021, 5:10 am
PARIS, 03 APRIL 2021 (STUFF NZ) – All Blacks great Ma’a Nonu has been banned for three weeks for his ugly strike of an opponent on the head with his elbow in France’s Top 14 competition, an incident described by the judicial committee as “brutality”.
The veteran midfielder, who returned to Toulon as a “medical joker” last October, retaliated to Lyon’s halfback Jean-Marc Doussain’s shoulder barge on him by smacking Doussain in the side of the head.
Doussain made the most of Nonu’s contact with an over-dramatic fall to the ground, but there was no escape for Nonu as his elbow strike occurred under the referee’s nose and he was dispatched with a red card.
All Blacks great Ma’a Nonu was sent off for striking Lyon halfback Jean-Marc Doussain.
The 38-year-old was captaining Toulon in the match at Lyon.
He has now been suspended for three weeks, so will initially miss Toulon’s Heineken Champions Cup last-16 round match against tournament favourites Leinster on Saturday (NZT).
France’s Ligue National de Rugby’s translated judicial report said Nonu “was found responsible for brutality”.
Nonu’s acknowledgment of guilt and expression of remorse saw a six-week suspension reduced to three. weeks.
As the schedule of Toulon’s matches is uncertain, Nonu’s date for a return will be advised later by the judiciary.