Jon Dingley, who earned the dubious honour of becoming the first player to be sent off in the Pacific Rim Championship, has been suspended until September 1. The Hong Kong flanker received his marching orders early in the first half of the match against the United States last Saturday in San Francisco. There were fears that apart from the sending-off, Dingley would be heavily penalised for his part in an all-out fracas and miss the crucial Asian tournament in October in Singapore. But worries abated with the news that a three-man disciplinary committee, which included Hong Kong team manager John Barrett and two US rugby officials, had suspended him only until September 1. The ban, which takes effect immediately, means that Dingley will not miss out on anything as rugby has taken a break in Hong Kong. He will be back when the season resumes in September. 'It is fortuitous for Dingley that his ban is only until September 1. He would have been affected if he was playing rugby elsewhere during Hong Kong's closed season,' said Dave Roberts, the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's representative on the Pac Rim board. According to Roberts, the game which Hong Kong won was niggly right from the outset. Hong Kong captain Paul Dingley - Jon's younger brother - broke his nose in the eighth minute of the game after catching a punch flush on his face. The culprit escaped censure. 'Both captains were called up by the Japanese referee and were told to cool things down. But it did not work and midway through the first half there was a nasty altercation,' said Roberts. 'It was an unhappy sight.'