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One week ban for Lotawa

Published: 7:08PM Wednesday August 27, 2008 Source: ONE Sport

Auckland player Watisoni Lotawa has been suspended for one week for striking an opponent with his elbow in the Air New Zealand Cup match between Auckland and Manawatu on Saturday 23rd of  August.

Lotawa appeared before the NZRU Judiciary on Wednesday after being cited for striking Manawatu player Francisco Bosch in the 64th minute of the match.

At the hearing, the winger denied that there had been an act of foul play or that he had been reckless. Lotawa could not explain why he raised his arm and was not conscious that he had done so.

He did, however, accept that his elbow had made contact with the Manawatu player's head but that it was not intentional or deliberate.

Taking all evidence into account the NZRU Judiciary determined that Lotawa had struck the Manawatu player in his head with his elbow, his actions were reckless and the citing was upheld and a one week suspension applied.

Lotawa will miss this weekend's match against Waikato.