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Union warns Macuata rugby clubs

Salaseini Moceiwai
Thursday, March 20, 2014

MACUATA 15s clubs may lose points or face suspension if their spectators jeer or intimidate other teams.

And those involved in a scuffle during a match will also be liable to face similar penalties.

Such plans are all part of the Macuata Rugby Union's efforts in improving the standard of rugby in the North. Union president Ratu Savenaca Ritova said they had formed a disciplinary committee to oversee the behaviour and attitude of players on the field.

"After last week's match between Police Blues and Malau FFI, we decided to have two meetings to come up with plans that oversee the disciplining of players," he said.

"The committee is independent and their decisions are solely theirs alone and we don't interfere with them. We are trying to put in measures to control the intolerable attitude of players."

Two scuffles erupted during the Police Blues and Malau FFI match at Subrail Park.

Ratu Savenaca said spectators should also be mindful of how they cheered for their teams.

"We have come up with a plan to punish clubs whose spectators cheer unlawfully. The clubs can either lose points or face suspension.

"The clubs are the ones that will face the full brunt of their spectators' actions."

Divisional police commander Northern SSP Naulumatua Lutunacaucau said as far as the law was concerned, those found involved in an act of assault could be answerable to the law.

For the Police Blues players, he said they were representing the force whether on or off duty.

"If they are involved in a fight and caught during a match, they will also be liable to the law. I will not tolerate any bad behaviour from the players during a rugby match."

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