Ireland centre Bundee Aki has been banned from the remainder of the Rugby World Cup after the red card he received in the pool stage against Samoa was upheld.
Aki will miss Ireland's quarter-final against tournament favourites New Zealand on Saturday, and the three-week ban means he would also miss out on any further matches should Joe Schmidt's side advance.
The New Zealand-born back was sent off for a dangerous tackle on UJ Seuteni during Ireland's 47-5 victory over Samoa on Saturday.
A statement from tournament organisers explained that an independent judicial committee "did not find that the referee's decision was wrong and the red card was upheld."
"Although the tackle occurred quickly, the player's tackle height was high and it was accepted he did not make a definite attempt to change his height in order to avoid the ball carrier's head," the statement said.
"The committee did not accept that there was sufficient evidence of a sudden drop in the ball carrier's height."
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