Super Rugby

Blues wing free to play after Newlands red

 Matt Duffie (Getty Images)
Matt Duffie (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Blues wing Matt Duffie is free to play despite being sent off in his side’s 30-22 defeat to the Stormers last Friday.

SANZAAR’s foul play review committee has accepted a guilty plea from Duffie after he received two yellow cards in the clash at Newlands.

No further sanction has been imposed on the player.

The SANZAAR foul play review committee of Nigel Hampton (chairperson), Stefan Terblanche and Stephen Hardy assessed the case.

In his finding, Hampton ruled the following:

"Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles, as well as the player's explanations of both incidents and submissions from his legal representative, Aaron Lloyd, the foul play review committee upheld the red card.

"With respect to sanction the foul play review committee ruled, after considering a number of factors, including the effect of the red card both on the match and on the player's team, and the player being off the field for some 25 minutes for ‘technical’ offences, that the player’s ordering off warranted no further sanction in these particular circumstances.

"The player is therefore free to play and will serve no additional suspension”

All SANZAAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to the foul play review committee to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.

For a matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the foul play review committee.

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