Sharks’ Botha suspended for dangerous hit

Ruan Botha. Picture: SuperSport

SHARKS lock Ruan Botha has been suspended for four weeks for a dangerous hit on a player at a ruck.
Botha copped a red card at the 72nd minute against the Jagures at VĂ©lez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires last weekend.
His offence was heard by the Foul Play Review Committed consisting of Nigel Hampton QC (Chairman), Stephen Hardy and Stefan Terblanche.
A statement from SANZAR said the committee accepted a guilty plea from Botha for contravening Law 9.12: Striking with hand or arm.
Botha has been suspended from all forms of the game for four weeks up to June 23.
In his finding, committee chairman Nigel Hampton QC ruled the following:
“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Adrian Montzinger, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the red card under Law 9.12”
“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of four weeks due to the contact with the opposing player’s head.”
“The Foul Play Review Committee added one week to the initial sanction as aggravation for the fact the player was suspended for a similar incident less then 12 months prior. However, taking into account the mitigating factor of the player’s guilty plea at the first available opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to four weeks.”
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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