Linesman allegedly assaulted

THE president of Southern Zone Secondary Schools Rugby Union, Napolioni Silatolu has called for cool heads, especially from spectators watching schools rugby matches.

He made the call yesterday after a linesman, who he said was a student, was allegedly punched during a match at the Suva Grammar School grounds yesterday.

The match was between two neighbouring schools in the under-18 grade.

“The linesman was assaulted by one of the spectators who was from one of the losing schools. after the game,” Silatolu said.
“We don’t know why he did it. They are saying that one of the tries scored was not a try and the match official was there and he said it was a try.

“He (spectator) punched the linesman after the game. The linesman is a student.”

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro, when this newspaper queried, said no official report had been lodged.

“There was an incident, but no official report has been lodged,” Naisoro said.

“No police officer was assaulted, but only the linesman.

“If anything you should liaise with the organisers because the commanding officer Totogo Police Station has spoken to them and they said they would decide if they would pursue the matter.”

The alleged incident is the second in secondary schools rugby in the past many weeks.

Silatolu said spectators should control their tempers during matches.

“Rugby is a game which is being played by the rules and everyone is frustrated if their team loses and they will actually do something like that, but the law will always be there. People have to control their anger and the high hopes which can be dashed,” Silatolu said.

Fiji Rugby Union referees manager Johnson Lee said he would comment after receiving a report.

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