Head-butting: injured referee outraged after matric pupil sin-binned for three years

2012-04-26 00:00

A SCHOOLBOY rugby player who knocked a referee unconscious with a head-butt has been banned from the game for an effective three years.

The disciplinary committee of the Blue Bull Rugby Union (BBRU) handed the 17-year-old from Mookgophong (Naboomspruit) a 10-year ban, but suspended seven years of the sanction.

The matric pupil admitted in Monday’s hearing that he attacked referee Chris de Beer (37) after a match, during a tournament with 90 participating teams. The tournament’s own disciplinary committee suspended the boy for the rest of the rugby season.

His school suspended him from all sport and banned him from the matric dance.

There had been speculation that he could get a life ban from rugby, but BBRU president Louis Nel said the committee took into account the fact that it was the boy’s first disciplinary infraction, and that his mother is terminally ill.

The referee called the suspension “ridiculous”. De Beer, who said he has already resigned as a referee, asked when rugby authorities would act sternly enough to protect match officials. He said he was considering whether to bring a civil claim against the boy.

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