ANTHONY Desir has been banned from playing rugby for one year after a hearing into a brawl at last month's Hong Kong Football Club Carlsberg 10s in which he was sent off after the game had ended. The suspension is the most severe disciplinary punishment ever meted out in Hong Kong rugby. Desir, a livewire in local rugby circles was handed the ban last night by the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union disciplinary committee. The three-man committee which met in the presence of Desir, his lawyer and witnesses, decided after a lengthy 21/2 hour deliberation that Desir would not be able to play rugby until midnight on Friday March 29 next year. Desir, who played for Aberdeen Rugby Football Club, stormed off after the decision was announced. The sentence followed allegations that Desir punched Nick Fox, a player representing ISCI, Indonesia, on the second day of the Carlsberg 10s. A statement issued by the disciplinary committee (which comprised chairman Richard Turnbull, Martin Downey and Jerry Summers) said: 'The disciplinary committee considered the report of the referee Martin Hayes and the touch judge's report of Noel Howcroft, together with other witnesses present at the incident. 'Having heard all the submission by Mr Desir and his legal adviser, the disciplinary committee has suspended Mr Desir for the period commencing the start of the 1995-96 season until midnight on Friday March 29, 1996.' The witnesses present at the meeting were spectator Bud Williams and medical officer Roy Manwaring. Garry Scarborough, the Union's director of laws and amateurism was also called. Chairman Turnbull, however, said that Desir could appeal against the ban. 'He can make an appeal to the union,' said Turnbull. Rugby in Hong Kong seems to have come to an end for Desir. He has already been banned for life by Aberdeen. The club issued the public statement during the weekend of the Hong Kong Sevens to that effect. This was seen as a move by Aberdeen to distance themselves from Desir - a force behind the formation of Aberdeen last season. However, Aberdeen chairman Dick Airth said last night that the club would have to sit down and reconsider their stance. Desir was sin-binned in the first half of the match between European Exiles (Desir's team) and ISCI. At the same time the touch judge came up and reported the illegal use of the boot. Desir came back on and then was involved in the incident with Fox after the game had ended.