Rugby boy knocks ref out

2012-04-09 11:26

Pretoria - A high school rugby player is facing criminal charges after he knocked a referee unconscious during a tournament in Pretoria, according to a report on Monday.

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 on Tuesday 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.

  • - 2012-04-09 11:39


      Chris - 2012-04-10 07:35

      steroids- drugs rampant in sa rugby at all levels

      John - 2012-04-10 08:40

      chris you cant say its steroids, is correct he is just an idiot and if he thinks its somthing to be proud of and bragg about he is more disfunctional than the waterkloof four and should be banned for life,he is proberly not good enough to play 1st class rugby anyway.

      Mattewis - 2012-04-10 12:39

      I enjoyed watching rugby when it was still a sport. Now that it's become a religion, I've lost most of my interest in it! All I see here is a kid who both insults and assaults a person old enough to be his father! I think a ban for life is quite harsh, but 6 of the best with a decent cane might do him the world of good!

      Ben - 2012-04-10 13:01

      @procold2 dude its definitely steroids no normal kid would do something like that- obvious roid rage

  • Jayson - 2012-04-09 11:40

    He should be banned for life. Not one year.

      Lyndatjie - 2012-04-10 11:36


      Sean - 2012-04-10 12:00

      Agree 100%. Get this nonsense out of the game for good.

      Rodney - 2012-04-10 20:22

      Wow. I've always bragged about the behaviour of players and spectators alike. Nothing like football i always said, seems i'll have to change my view. how sad that this hooliganism has crept into the game.

  • Sellothabo - 2012-04-09 11:47

    This is totally pathetic....why ban him for the rest of this year....there is only a few months left for this year....he should be banned for two years at least.....or instead train to become a that he can meet his own match.....

      Francois - 2012-04-09 21:38

      More proof that steroids stuff you up!!

  • Joe - 2012-04-09 11:49

    Roid Rage

      Jayson - 2012-04-09 11:51


      Dee - 2012-04-09 13:16

      My thoughts exactly. But the article talks of abuse from parents and teachers too... so I wonder what their case is... other than being very poor examples.

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-04-09 15:53

      Sure Joe, definitely ROID rage...

      Hallo - 2012-04-10 10:00

      No, it's boneheads.

  • Dawn - 2012-04-09 11:53

    What? If his mother doesn't pay him his pocket money...he also grab her by the throat? I will be so ashamed if he was my son..

      Ditiro - 2012-04-09 13:26

      ashamed if he was your son, if he was my son he wouldn't have dared or thought of hiting the ref

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-09 11:57

    Clearly a young man some problems. he should go to Florence and play Calcio Storico, he'll feel at home there.

      watsongeorgejan - 2012-04-09 15:40

      @Nicholas-Or there's musangwe in Venda, they bliksem each other to kingdom come with bare hands.

      hannesenbrianda - 2012-04-10 05:47

      I do not think we can treat this as an issolated incident as one young man who lost it, as I noticed hoe the environment changed that created this kind of behaviour; the pressure to win at all cost, the school/uni attitude to sports and winning, comments from spectators and parents on the side line and even the attitude of some coaches. It is easy for a young testosterone confused man to step over the line between controlled aggression and abuseand in the spur of the moment to loose it. Sport is a competitive physical activity meant for enjoyment and entertainment. Unfortunately the line between sport and war became blurred in the minds of some unhealthy and influential individuals. If you disagree with these sentiments, than I need to state it explicitly to get to through to you: rugby is a sport, not a war stupid! See-ing Jean de Villiers congratulate Jimmy Cowan on a achieving a milestone during a Super 15 match is what rugby is all about; team work, making friends, bridging cultural boundaries, while staying healthy through physical activity and earning some money while doing it.

  • Charlton - 2012-04-09 11:57

    Let him be made an example of.let's send out a very strong message as we can't allow one ill disciplined player to spoil the beautiful game!

  • werner.smidt - 2012-04-09 11:59

    Maybe he's a delinquent, but I'm pretty sure this is the result of artificially increasing your testosterone levels . . Anyway, there goes his rugby career. Hmm, scratch that . . I think he can still play for the Pumas.

  • adrian.strydom - 2012-04-09 12:00

    I attended a schoolboy festival this weekend and was horrified by the behaviour of parents of the players from Marlow High School ( from Cradock in the Cape.) If this is the example that parents set it is no wonder that their children become thugs on and off the field. Ban this player for life ! He should never set foot on a Rugby field again. @ Verstaan...NOTHING you can say will ever justify a player assaulting a Ref !!

  • Sirdefcon - 2012-04-09 12:06

    Ban him for life

      Vernon - 2012-04-10 10:56

      right on and then maybe roid rage will become 'avoid' in rugby

  • rudi.strydom2 - 2012-04-09 12:06

    always 3 sides to a story; yours, mine and the truth

      Dee - 2012-04-09 15:00

      Test him for steriods.

      Stef - 2012-04-10 07:29

      Rudi, quite true. Nobody, not even the press seem interested in this young man's version of the turn of events.

      Nicki - 2012-04-10 16:51

      He knocked the ref unconcious - whether there is another side or not does not make this right!!!!! What are we teaching our kids????? I would be ashamed if he was family!

  • richard.lemmer1 - 2012-04-09 12:12

    The problem probably started at home already ! He can be glad I was not close by ...... They would have definately picked him up fom the ground. The problem lies witnabsolutely no respect or discipline in schools ! Time to take out the big Canes again ! The THUG will probably end p in jail in the end. We can do without them !

      Newsreader - 2012-04-09 14:07

      Le, you must be a hairdresser! Its idiots like you who give girls a bad name for being aggressive.

  • rudi.strydom2 - 2012-04-09 12:17

    I wonder what the responce would have been if the heading said "Kid retaliat after ref swored at him" It seems to me that Verstaan was there or know more than any of us. A kid is a kid and a aduld an aduld. As usual this is not a well writen opening article.

      rlong1952 - 2012-04-09 12:32

      Good grief Rudi, use a spell checker

      rudi.strydom2 - 2012-04-09 12:41

      @RLong, jammer as ek jou aanstoot gegee het met my engelse spelling ou maat.....does it really matter?

      Pixie86 - 2012-04-09 13:12

      what's an aduld?

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-09 14:55

      Rudi your views are not those of an aduld

  • Melanie - 2012-04-09 12:35

    anger management for the boy

  • Jacques - 2012-04-09 12:41

    Its because rugby is not a sport anymore... and winning is everything... then you get behavior like this.

      Newsreader - 2012-04-09 12:54

      Well at least its a mans sport. Unlike that playing soccer. 50% playing for the ball, 50% rolling on the field crying like a girl. I detest soccer as its a cry baby sport now. Rugby at least has honour and even if it means klapping the ref. Obviously if I was the ref I would have broken that lighty into pieces and then see who cries foul. I can imagine the news headline. "Adult ref assaults school boy on rugby field." Of course the sensationalism that the media like to spew always has its cries of objection from the sheeple.

      Jacques - 2012-04-09 13:01

      Newsreader, if this type of behavior makes rugby a mans sport then you are a stupid person.

      Newsreader - 2012-04-09 13:19

      Jacque - I like your dress..... Anyway, the emphasise was on the fact that rugby is a mans sport. Unlike soccer where they fall over and hold their knee when an opponent comes within 5ft of them. Then HTFU will you! .... stupid!

      Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-04-09 14:29

      Yho Newsreader u r so defensive. What honor are u talking abt. Head butting people is not something to be proud of. There's something seriously wrong with u.

      Philemon - 2012-04-10 11:11

      @Newsreader; you seem like the character who hangs blue ballas off the towbar of your bakkie. Get drunk next to the road of Magnolia Dal drinking brandy & coke of the back of your bakkie while braaing your boerewors rolls. Then you struggle along screaming, vloeking and abusing supporters of the opposition, on your way to the entrance of the Eastern pavillion of Loftus. Afterwards in your drunken stupor you go for one last dop at Hatfield square, before heading to Zambesi Teazers. Still not founding what you looking for you go home, beat your wife, swear at your kids, and kick the dog! You sir are common!!

      Ben - 2012-04-10 13:11

      Philemon couldn't have said it better myself, seems to be quite a few of those type around Loftus.

      Kevin - 2012-04-10 20:56

      Newsreader, I think you meant to say that it is a 'gentleman's' sport, but I can't agree with you. If you condone in any way the assaulting of a referee, then you have no vision for the game in the future. "rugby at least has honour and even if it means klapping the ref" - there's a contradiction of note!

  • Pixie86 - 2012-04-09 13:07


  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-09 13:08

    They see the role models playing dirty on tv and think is ok for them to play like that

      Koos - 2012-04-10 02:18

      And the supporters get a kick out of it. Sad really.

  • Craig - 2012-04-09 13:12

    Verstaan u just showe what an ignoramuis u are, and the kid should be banned for life............

  • Michael - 2012-04-09 13:16

    Thats what you get when parents and children \shout\ the capable one's off the field. \My dad will save me\ attitude. Read the article at the end, the guy says \we cant find refs anymore\. Same with teachers, nurses and policeman. Parents and children are so self centred, thats why the education system is failing. League games should be banned. Play friendly games.

  • Clive - 2012-04-09 13:23

    My son played for his school first side (english school)and I was very often sorely dissapointed by the predominently afrikaans referees favouring the afrikaans schools against the english. Sometimes it was obviously and blaringly shocking. All such a ref has to do to fix a game and ensure a desired result is to blow all the one side's mistakes and ignore the other. I have a suspicion that this ref was one of the culprits. However, no matter how unfair the ref, or dirty the other side plays, no one may resort to violence to get even - although I sometimes felt like doing so myself.

      Koos - 2012-04-10 06:11

      Kenny, please give us your report on your pal, Bryce Lawrence and while you're at it include the WC final done by master Joubert.

      gregg.murray1 - 2012-04-10 08:37

      Clive , are you for real, why don't you do yourself a favour and bring yourself to a game as a neutral and don't listen to the crowd or commentators, watch the game with a LAW book in your hand, and you will be amased at how accurate the referee is. Do you know how difficult it is to referee a match with everybody shouting advice from the side and half of them do not know the rules including a lot of coaches. Download a law book and then preach cheating.

      berni.venter - 2012-04-10 21:08

      Clive, well said. The referee has his linesmen to support him in the event of him not being sure of a decision. However at school level the linesmen are hardly ever consulted. Actually a moot point because the linesmen are normally from one of the schools and so unfit they cant keep up with the game. Do not condone the actions of the player, but when these boys play there hearts out and have no recourse for absolutely shocking refereeing it is no wonder their frustration boils over.

  • ArchAngel - 2012-04-09 13:46


      Mike - 2012-04-09 14:01

      and the player too!

      Newsreader - 2012-04-09 14:20

      Yes I agree Mike. They should also ban strawberries and cream at half time.

      ArchAngel - 2012-04-11 10:36

      Erm ....... Mike ..... I was talking about the school kid player... picture time perhaps?

  • Kim - 2012-04-09 14:17

    Little b*stard needs to go for anger management.

      Kim - 2012-04-09 15:27

      Lol I know there are morons who click 'unlike' just for the hell of it but just in case your brain has rotted entirely, please feel free to explain your reasons as to why this child's behaviour is acceptable?

  • marius.meyer1 - 2012-04-09 15:28

    Should be banned from Rugby all together.

  • Antoine - 2012-04-09 15:33


  • acsteyn - 2012-04-09 16:09

    Ban him for life.

  • John - 2012-04-09 16:12

    I blame news24 for all this BS how can they publish a half cocked story. i have read it over and over. There are always three sides to every story, the last being the truth. sensationalist reporting, be ashamed 24. There is no excuse for violence on any playing field, I'm sorry. The father was also probably promoting trouble on the sidelines.

  • Pete - 2012-04-09 16:19

    The boy should be banned for life, finish and klaar.

  • gavinnovis - 2012-04-09 17:26

    Have no sympathy for this young thug. Delighted that he is banned for the rest of the year. Hope the criminal charges are upheld and would even be happy if the school rugby side is suspended for the rest of the year. Time for the administrators to take a firm stand with absolute zero tolerance towards players, parents,schools and coaches who don't/can't address this type of conduct.

  • Ivan - 2012-04-09 17:52

    Ban him for life, not just the rest of the year. The refs record is of no issue here.

  • Pieter - 2012-04-09 18:45

    Ons het dit nie teen die Pienk Bul supporters se span nie. hulle speel goeie rugby. Maar dis julle wat bottels gooi en skeidsregters foeter. Julle gee die span n slegte naam. En aai daai attitude, sies man. Julle moet groot word en leer om te verloor ook, julle doen tog. Maar nou ja, dis okay as klein Jannie Ma in die Mall foeter tot hy sy sin kry, so " go forit " foeter die ref man, hy soek mos K@%k. Mooi seun, ek glo jou Pa is trots op jou.

      Johan - 2012-04-11 08:51

      Dom idioot, lees die artikel, hy is nie vanaf Pretoria nie. 'Hans Strijdom High School in Mookgophong, Limpopo'

  • Pieter - 2012-04-09 18:55

    Thabang, good man. Ban the thing for life, violence on Refs. is out, END OF STORY. VERSTAAN, laat jou seun gaan boks, waarsku hom net die ander ou slaan terug, hy's nie 'n Ref. nie. Laat die bloed vloei jou arme ding, dis jou kind.

  • Herbert - 2012-04-09 20:02

    "Touch me on my rugby field !!"

  • Annelize - 2012-04-09 21:15

    This young man, has to take responsibility for his actions. Evidently there was no respect at all. Not from him, or the teacher. Unfortunately young rugby players are taught to catch a ball with open hands and Not to open their arms to love. No, the teachers, wants 15 Aggressive players on the field. \Once the sport glamour boys, they are expected to play and tackle aggressively\.

  • Deanner - 2012-04-09 21:47


  • Robsschele - 2012-04-09 22:01

    Definitely something wrong with this kid. Fighting during the game and then continue to fight the ref afterwards. I would have thought that he would have cooled down in the time he was off the field. Could be that he was rather encouraged to retaliate during the time he was off the field. I can see big problems for him when he is a grownup. If he doesn't change his attitude towards other people and life, he might end up in jail.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-10 05:10

    What is it about the Pretoria boys and violence?The Bulls team, the players coming through and now its filtered into the schooling system. Pretoria you needs to fix your aggrevations and keep cooler heads... If this boy did what it is claimed he should be banned for life... even if he is the next Victor Matfield, he has left a bad taste in peoples mouths and should be banned from the sport as he is clearly a problem.Violent sport and violent people = a huge problem and bad name

      berni.venter - 2012-04-10 21:24

      Frenchie you raised a very valid point albeit unintentionally. The standard of refereeing at school level in Pretoria is shocking! Time for the Blue Bulls Union to get there act together!

  • Marina - 2012-04-10 05:35

    Another thug is born! Banning is too light a punishment for this kind of behaviour. Aggression is obviously part of his nature. He needs to go on an anger managing course and do some humbling community service.

      Marina - 2012-04-10 05:55

      In fact the school should be banned from rugby for the rest of the year. That will teach him and the teachers a bloody good lesson. This obsession of win at all costs at school level digusts me.

  • Stef - 2012-04-10 07:34

    What is this? a which hunt on a minor? Nobody, not even the press seem interested in this young man's version of the turn of events. A fully grown, fit man with experience in conflict handling (that is what referees do 40% of the time) is laid cold by a schoolboy? Something is off here...

      Klipkop - 2012-04-10 10:36

      You do not hit refs not matter what!! You also do not hit your wife, the pope or the cops. Or even your boss. Or your dog. I dont care about the boys side of the story, not at all.

      Sonja - 2012-04-10 10:40

      Stef I know the ref. Please don’t judge his passive attitude as incorrect reporting. He loves the game, agonizes over his decisions and always try to be fair. Refs get the worst treatment at these games. The team should be suspended for the year and the player for at least 5. That way the school will have time to send their players for anger management classes and teach them some sports etiquette.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-10 08:01

    He should be banned for at least the rest of his High School career and then forced to do community service by becoming a referee, then he can go back to playing.

      Stef - 2012-04-10 08:46

      Andrew, have you considered that the boy's version of the events might differ slightly from the one sided report above?

      Christopher - 2012-04-10 11:41

      @Stef are you this chops mate/dad/cousin? he is a chop and so are you trying to defend him!

  • Johan - 2012-04-10 08:20

    I can think of a couple of international refs that this must happen with...

  • Christopher - 2012-04-10 09:24

    Expell the bastard from school as well!!

  • Ben - 2012-04-10 09:29

    Nice. Get rid of the common rubish.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-10 11:17

    A nice criminal assault case for this little twat to carry with him the rest of his life, it won't stop him from continuing to be a "MAIN MAN" but at least we won't have to deal with him in civilized circles.

      Christopher - 2012-04-10 11:35

      Very true...also for the rest of his life he will battle getting into any country for holidays/work visas with an assault record.

  • Marcus - 2012-04-10 12:21

    "Ban him for life" - Now here is some people that have never done something in their life that will haunt them. Yes, he should be banned for the rest of the season, but banned for the rest of his life for something he does as a "child", seems a bit harsh. As for using steroids, abusing others, his parents being abusive, you all sound like news24, no facts so you make up your own. I attended school there, I'm very proud of what that school has done, for themselves and for me. this was the actions of a hot-headed teen, treat them as such.

  • andre.myburgh - 2012-04-10 12:58

    I always knew that the blue bulls bread their hooligans from a young age. This confirms it. Schmuck!!

      Erica - 2012-04-10 14:04

      Seriously? Read the article...."The boy from Hans Strijdom High School in Mookgophong, Limpopo then hit him and rendered him unconscious."

      Johan - 2012-04-10 14:47

      Oi Andre, no pills for stupidity.

  • Joanita - 2012-04-10 13:25

    Disgusting...The price these boys have to pay to be the best ;/

  • Frank - 2012-04-10 15:36

    ben ,when i played high school rugby it was the same guy who always started trouble.he attacked everyone from players,to refs to parents standing on the sidelines.he was scrawny and definately wasn`t on steroids.he was just a bad tempered,immature a-hole.

  • Carry - 2012-04-10 17:23


  • Carry - 2012-04-10 17:25


  • Paul - 2012-04-10 20:08