Ireland centre Bundee Aki's Rugby World Cup is over, and The AM Show hosts Mark Richardson and Duncan Garner didn't mince their words about their thoughts on the decision.
"IRB [World Rugby] you're cowards," Richardson said.
The Auckland-born midfielder copped a six-week ban over his dangerous tackle against Manu Samoa.
He contested the red card decision so he could be available for Saturday's quarter-final showdown with the All Blacks, but was unsuccessful.
"Six weeks for this tackle? It's a cuddle," Garner said. "The guy falls into his chest.
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"They need the captains to go into a meeting with the referees before the quarter-finals - they've got to sort this out."
Richardson said commonsense had been taken out of the equation.
"Rugby is now bowing to a whinging, woke minority who seem to be running the world right now.
"They've tried to take away the ability to use commonsense, and look at it case by case - to cover their own backsides, because a few woke twits will write articles.
"They [World Rugby] fear those articles. Show some balls rugby," Richardson said.
"It's killing the game - you're killing the game," Garner concluded.
World Rugby said in a statement having considered all angles of the incident, the committee had upheld the decision of the referee.
Aki has 48 hours to appeal the decision.
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