Wasps star gets hefty ban for kicking opponent in the head


Wasps winger Paolo Odogwu has been handed a six-week ban for kicking an opponent in the head.

Odogwu went up for a high ball late in the game and when he had it in mid-air, he appeared to kick out his leg and catch Rohan Janse Van Rensburg clean in the face.

The 22-year-old saw himself sent off for the challenge but he appeared to be bewildered at his dismissal.

Hearing chairman Dan White said: “The panel did not accept the player’s explanation that his leg extended to assist his balance in the air and prevent him from falling backwards.

“The panel found that, while he did not intentionally aim to make contact with the Sale player’s face, he did intend to use his outstretched leg to fend off a potential oncoming player and was reckless as to whether or not it made contact or caused injury.”

Meanwhile, Bath winger Aled Brew has been given a three-week ban following his dismissal in last Saturday’s win over Northamptonsent for striking George Furbank.

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