Griquas lock Arnold suspended for biting

2013-09-06 00:00

GRIQUAS’ Australian lock Rory Arnold has been found guilty of biting and banned for seven matches.

Arnold received a red card in Griquas’ Currie Cup clash against the Free State Cheetahs last Saturday, after Cheetahs hooker Ethienne Reynecke complained to the match referee, who referred the matter to the television match official (TMO) before sending Arnold off.

Arnold appeared before a Saru disciplinary hearing in Cape Town and was banned from all forms of rugby up to and including October 19.

Arnold pleaded not guilty to the charge and in his defence said that the downward pressure on his head, while trying to cross the tryline with his mouth open, had caused the marks on the arm of the Cheetahs player.

In his findings, judicial officer Peter Ingwersen found Reynecke’s initial reaction was instructive, due to his spontaneous response to withdraw his arm and report the matter to the referee. According to Ingwersen, Arnold was found guilty and sanctioned “on the balance of probabilities and relying particularly on the victim’s immediate and spontaneous reactions and the doctor’s evidence”.

Arnold has appealed against the guilty verdict for biting.

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