The Stormers have been fined over R 200 000.00 for bringing the game into disrepute.
A SANZAR Judicial Hearing conducted by Mr Terry Willis (Australia) has found the Stormers Team guilty of Misconduct under the SANZAR Code of Conduct following charges of insulting and offensive conduct towards Match Officials during the Stormers vs Hurricanes match on 26 April 2013.
The Stormers Team has been found to have brought the game into disrepute and breached Section 8.3 of the SANZAR Code of Conduct:
a) All persons must ensure the game is played and conducted in accordance with disciplined and sporting behaviour and acknowledge that it is not sufficient to reply solely upon the Match Officials to maintain those principles;
l) All persons shall not use crude or abusive language or gestures towards referees, assistant referees, Match Officials or spectators.
The Stormers Team has admitted its behaviour and accepted, that insulting and offensive conduct towards match officials was a breach of the SANZAR Code of Conduct and has no place in rugby and has unreservedly apologised to the Match Officials and Mr Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri in particular.
The Stormers Team have been fined the maximum financial penalty of A$15,000 for the insulting and offensive conduct towards Match Officials and A$10,000 for bringing the game into disrepute and also ordered to pay SANZAR’s costs.
The hearing resumed on Wednesday following extended adjournments to allow the Stormers Team to seek independent legal advice in the interests of fairness to all parties.
The Judicial Officer directed SANZAR and the Stormers Team, save for the SANZAR Chief Executive Officer responding to the media in terms consistent with the media release, no person involved in the proceedings will make any further comment in respect of this matter.