SA Rugby president Mark Alexander says membership members who abuse or assault referees ought to anticipate to be banned from the sport and motion taken towards their golf equipment.
This comes after two reported incidents of bodily abuse throughout membership rugby video games within the Japanese Cape this yr.
In March, surprising video footage emerged of a violent pitch invasion shortly after full-time in a membership rugby match between Jeffreys Bay and PE Harlequins.
Extra just lately, Sport24 reported gamers getting right into a bodily scuffle and a referee being slapped throughout a match between Kowie United and Swallows RFC (Makhanda) in Port Alfred.
Alexander stated he can be writing to all 15 member unions of SARU, urging their disciplinary committees to take the strongest potential motion towards people and golf equipment beneath their authority who bodily or verbally abused match officers or did not adequately shield officers.
“These hot-headed thugs who bodily assault officers don’t have any place within the sport and must be banned for all times from collaborating or attending,” stated Alexander.
“We should shield our match officers – with out whom there can be no sport – and the message should out exit within the strongest potential phrases that such actions is not going to be tolerated.
“Assaults on referees are uncommon however once they happen provinces should not hesitate to behave,” he added. “These assaults have been condemned by the related unions and I belief they’ll comply with by way of by bringing these issues earlier than disciplinary committees.
“I shall be repeating our message of ‘zero tolerance’ for such behaviour with our members.”
Alexander confused that bodily abuse of match officers is thought to be probably the most severe offence a participant or official may commit.
That was mirrored on World Rugby’s schedule of advisable sanctions. The entry-level sanction for a participant bodily abusing a match official is 24 weeks, which rises to a life ban as the utmost sanction.
“There may be no sympathy or toleration of the assailants,” stated Alexander.
“There isn’t any motive in any respect why anybody concerned ought to lay a hand on a match official. If it doesn’t occur in probably the most pressured surroundings of Check rugby, why ought to it occur at a membership match? It should be clamped down on most severely.”
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