School rugby player hits ref unconscious

2012-04-09 08:57

A high school rugby player is facing criminal charges after he knocked a referee unconscious during a tournament Pretoria.

Chris de Beer, 37, from the Blue Bulls Referee Union was sworn at and hit over the head by the boy after he sent him off with a red card for hitting another player last week, the Beeld newspaper reported.

“After the game I walked over to the player to confirm his number because I had to write a report.

“The boy took me by the throat, and said I was talking lekker kak,” he said.

The boy from Hans Strijdom High School in Mookgophong, Limpopo then hit him and rendered him unconscious.

De Beer said he had opened a case of assault at the Mookgophong police station and would meet with a legal representative from the Blue Bulls Referee Union tomorrow to discuss a civil claim for damages.

Development officer of the union, Charlie Horn said it was a constant struggle to recruit new referees because of the verbal abuse from parents, players and teachers.

The boy has been banned from playing rugby for the rest of the year.

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