for his elbow, the French Sebastien Vahaamahina suspended six weeks

The second-line French, expelled in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup after his shot in the face of Welsh Welsh, was sanctioned Wednesday by World Rugby.

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Sebastien Vahaamahina after his expulsion at Wales-France, Sunday, October 20th.
Sebastien Vahaamahina after his expulsion at Wales-France, Sunday, October 20th. Christophe Ena / AP

He had to face the anger of social networks, the sadness of his partners and the criticism of his federation president. Sébastien Vahaamahina missed Sébastien Vahaamahina only to know his sanction for his elbow, swayed Sunday in the figure of Welsh Aaron Wainwright. The second-line French was set Thursday, October 24. His club Clermont announced that the new international retiree was suspended six weeks, and would not resume before moving the ASM Toulon, December 21.

Returned to France with his teammates, Vahaamahina attended remotely by World Rugby – in Japan, where the World Cup is taking place – from Marcoussis, the training center of Les Bleus, with his lawyer and that of the Federation French Rugby Union (FFR). The player, first test scorer in the quarter-final lost to the Welsh (19-20) will have a month and a half to digest his gesture. "I completely lost the lead, I think. It's indefensible »he apologized warmly in the French dressing room after the meeting.

If in the immediate future its partners have presented a united front not to overwhelm their second-line, expelled to the 49e minute for his gesture, the facade cracked since their return. On Tuesday, hooker Camille Chat conceded, on France Bleu Auxerre, " blame " in Vahaamahina. "Because it's not a gesture to have," he said. But I will not blame him all my life. It happens to unpin and there is worse in life. It's just a shame, that's all. "

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The president of the FFR, Bernard Laporte, less restrained his blows Wednesday. "When we do the stupidity of Sebastien Vahaamahina, we can only blame ourselves, did he assure in an interview to South West. This action deprives us of a semi-final World Cup. The quality of a great player is never to penalize his team. I told him. It's inexcusable. " While assuring "Protect the man", the "First victim" of his gesture.


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