France's Dupont, Boks' Du Toit banned after red cards in Marseille

Nov 17 (Reuters) - France captain Antoine Dupont has been handed a four-match suspension following his red card against South Africa last weekend, while Springboks' loose-forward Pieter-Steph du Toit has been banned for three matches.

Dupont took out the legs of Bok wing Cheslin Kolbe in the air during his side's 30-26 victory in Marseille on Saturday, the latter landing on his head in an ugly fall that ruled him out for the rest of the game.

The entry point in terms of a sanction for the offence is eight weeks but an independent Disciplinary Committee has reduced Dupont’s ban to four after the panel found his actions were reckless rather than malicious. He also admitted guilt.

It means he will miss Saturday’s final autumn international test against Japan, two matches for Toulouse in the Top 14 and their Champions Cup fixture against Munster on Dec. 11.

Du Toit received a red card in the France game after a dangerous entry into a ruck saw him clash heads with centre Jonathan Danty.

The Bok flanker had a potential six-week ban reduced to three as his actions were also deemed reckless rather than deliberate.

He will sit out South Africa’s test against England at Twickenham on Nov. 26.

Reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Ken Ferris

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