Chiefs midfielder Johnny Fa'auli suspended for 6 weeks

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chiefs midfielder Johnny Fa'auli will miss the Super Rugby playoffs after being suspended for a dangerous tackle in a match Saturday against the Wellington-based Hurricanes in the last round of the regular season.

Fa'auli received a red card for the tackle on Hurricanes center Wes Goosen in the 62nd minute of the match at Hamilton.

Chiefs second five Johnny Fa'auli during the Super 15 Rugby match - Chiefs v Hurricanes played at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand on Friday 13 July 2018.
Chiefs second five Johnny Fa'auli during the Super 15 Rugby match - Chiefs v Hurricanes played at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand on Friday 13 July 2018.
Chiefs second five Johnny Fa'auli leaves the field after getting a red card during the Super 15 Rugby match - Chiefs v Hurricanes played at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand on Friday 13 July 2018.
Chiefs second five Johnny Fa'auli leaves the field after getting a red card during the Super 15 Rugby match - Chiefs v Hurricanes played at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand on Friday 13 July 2018.

Goosen was forced to leave the field with a head injury and is in doubt for Saturdays' quarterfinal re-match against the Chiefs.

A SANZAAR judicial panel on Monday suspended Fa'auli from all rugby until Aug. 31. In fixing a penalty the panel considered Fa'auli's history of similar offenses but also took into account his expression of remorse and early guilty plea.

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