Samoa skipper Junior Paulo will be available to play in their first ever Rugby League World Cup semi-final.
This comes after his one-match ban was overturned tonight after an appeal.
He was initially banned for striking as teammate and star fullback Joseph Suaali’i escaped a ban for raising his knee in a tackle.
However, he will now play at the Emirates Stadium as both sides battle for a place in the World Cup Final at Old Trafford on the 19th November.
In a statement made by the World Cup, confirmation of Paulo’s successful appeal was made:
“Samoa’s Junior Paulo was successful in his challenge against a one match penalty notice for a Grade A Other Striking Offences during Sunday’s RLWC2021 quarter final game against Tonga.
“A summary of minutes will be available here shortly.
“Tribunals are independent of the RLWC2021, made up of a legally qualified Chair and assisted by side members with relevant experience such as ex-professional players, coaches or match officials.
“RLWC2021 would like to thank the independent judiciary tribunal HHJ Sarah Wright, Wilf George and Lindsay Arnold.”