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World Rugby:Malakai Fekitoa handed one-week ban for illegal tackle on Simon Zebo

New Zealand’s Malakai Fekitoa has been handed just a one-week suspension for his high tackle on Ireland’s Simon Zebo during the All Blacks’ 21-9 win over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, World Rugby said.

Fekitoa was sin-binned by referee Jaco Peyper who admitted that the centre should not have been on the field to score the winning try.

The centre has been suspended for one week and misses his country’s final autumn Test against France on Saturday.

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Fekitoa scored two of New Zealand’s tries, but avoided a red card that disciplinary bosses have now conceded should have been issued.

New Zealand flanker Sam Cane was also up before a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, for the high tackle that left Robbie Henshaw unconscious but was only punished by a penalty on Saturday night.

Team manager Mick Kearney admitted on Monday that Ireland were “disappointed” with the officiating fall-out.

Governing body World Rugby issued a stark warning before the November Tests that any dangerous or head-high tackles would be punished harshly.

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