Jean Deysel banned for seven weeks

Deysel was red carded after he kneed Crusaders loose forward Matt Todd in the head.

FILE: Loose-forward Jean Deysel. Picture: Jean Deysel official Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - Sharks flank Jean Deysel has been suspended for seven weeks after being found guilty of foul play.

Deysel was red carded by referee Stuart Berry in the 42nd minute after he kneed Crusaders loose forward Matt Todd in the head.

The Sharks went on to lose the game 52-10 last Saturday.

South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby (Sanzar) Duty Judicial Officer Nicholas Davidson accepted the guilty plea from Deysel, who has now been suspended from all forms of the game up to and including Saturday, 23 May.

Davidson ruled the following:

"Video footage provided clear evidence that Jean Deysel was engaged at the breakdown when he jumped up then brought his right knee down on the side of Matt Todd's head while he lay on the ground.

"While Todd was fortunately not injured, the act carried real potential for injury and Todd was in a vulnerable position. The breach of Law 10.4 (a) (Punching or striking an opponent) required a mid-range entry point which carries an eight-week suspension."

Deysel will miss matches against the Emirates Lions and Bulls as well as the Australasian tour matches against the Highlanders, Hurricanes, Waratahs and Reds.

Team mate Frans Steyn is already serving a 5 week ban for a tip tackle on Chiefs flyhalf Aaron Cruden several weeks back.

Steyn will return for the Sharks second tour match against the Hurricanes 9 May 2015.