An impartial disciplinary committee in Japan dominated Hodge’s sort out on Peceli Yato ought to have warranted a crimson card for “an act of foul play,” although the Australian escaped on-field punishment on the time.
Yato had earlier scored the opening strive of the Pool D conflict however later needed to be substituted after failing a Head Damage Evaluation (HIA) following the sort out.
On the time, match referee Ben O’Keeffe and video referee (TMO) Rowan Kitt dominated the sort out was authorized.
Hodge’s ban comes a day after World Rugby, the game’s governing physique, overtly criticized the usual of refereeing to this point on the match, saying: “The match officers staff acknowledge that performances over the opening weekend of Rugby World Cup 2019 weren’t constantly of the requirements set by World Rugby and themselves.”
The committee concluded that Hodge’s sort out constituted foul play — although reckless, slightly than deliberate — as there was contact with Yato’s head and a excessive diploma of hazard.
The minimal ban for such an incident is six video games however the committee “acknowledged Hodge’s exemplary disciplinary report, good character and conduct on the listening to,” that means his ban was lowered to a few video games.
Hodge will now miss Australia’s remaining Pool D matches towards Wales, Uruguay and Georgia however will probably be accessible for choice ought to the Wallabies attain the quarterfinals.
The 25-year-old has 48 hours to attraction the choice.