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Nadi three banned from event

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, April 14, 2014

THREE Nadi players have been banned from the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League group stage after copping red cards in the competition.

The trio are Samuela Drudru, Uraia Loki and Ratu Bainivalu.

Acting chairman of the OFC disciplinary committee, Allen Park handed the ban on the players after reviewing the disciplinary incidents that they were involved in.

Drudru was cited for a very dangerous tackle which injured Auckland City FC player Angel Berlanga.

Loki was cited for a dangerous tackle in the 6-0 loss to Amicale FC while Ratu Bainivalu was cited for spitting at an opponent in the same match.

According to the OFC website, Parker, deciding as chairman ruling alone, only has jurisdiction to impose a sanction of three matches or less.

The acting chairman ruled that in respect of Drudru and Loki that their offences were relevantly serious enough that would warrant a suspension of more than three matches.

Therefore as it is beyond his jurisdiction and he ruled the two players are suspended for the rest of the OFC Champions League group stage and referred their case to the full quorum of the OFC disciplinary committee.

With respect to Ratu Bainivalu, the offence of spitting carries a minimum sanction of six matches and his case has also been referred to the OFC disciplinary committee.

The OFC disciplinary committee will convene this week to impose further bans and fines.

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