France's Jonathan Danty to miss remainder of Six Nations due to suspension

Jonathan Danty has been handed a five-week suspension on Tuesday
Jonathan Danty has been handed a five-week suspension on Tuesday

France will be without La Rochelle centre Jonathan Danty for the remainder of the Six Nations tournament following a five-week suspension.

Danty was red-carded in the third round of the competition clash against Italy where he was initially sin-binned at the stroke of half time for a dangerous tackle on Italian centre Juan Ignacio Brex. His yellow card was upgraded to a red card following a bunker review system.

The 31-year-old faced an independent disciplinary hearing of the Six Nations via a video conference and accepted guilty to the charges.

The panel initially handed him a six-week suspension that was reduced by two games due to his guilt plea and immediate remorse shown on the field. However, an additional week of ban was added due to his poor disciplinary record.

"The player admitted that he had committed an act of foul play and that it had been worthy of a red card.," read a statement from the Six Nations.

"The Disciplinary Committee accepted that the player had acted recklessly, and not maliciously or with intent".

He will now miss France's final two Six Nations matches against against Wales and England.

Danty's red card almost cost France defeat against Italy but eventually settled for a 13-13 draw after a missed penalty chance from Paolo Garbisi in the added minutes.

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