Bismarck du Plessis’ Red Card removed from Record

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Bismarck du Plessis’ Red Card removed from Record

SANZAR Judicial Officer Terry Willis from Australia has removed a red card from the disciplinary record of Bismarck du Plessis. Du Plessis was issued with a red card after receiving two yellow cards during the match at the weekend between New Zealand and South Africa in The Rugby Championship.

The yellow cards were issued in the 17th and 42nd minutes of the match between New Zealand and South Africa at Eden Park in Auckland on 14 September 2013.

The SANZAR Judicial Hearing was held via teleconference on 16 September. Terry Willis granted an application made by Gerrie Swart who appeared on behalf of the player, for an expedited hearing. The hearing was originally fixed for the 17th of September. At the hearing, Terry Willis was assisted by former professional player David Croft from Australia.

Submissions were made on behalf of the player and the video footage was reviewed. The Judicial Officer found that the decision made by Referee Romain Poite to issue a yellow card as a result of the tackle by du Plessis on Dan Carter was wrong, as it was within the Laws of the Game.

No further sanction was imposed on the player, however the second yellow card remains on his record for the remainder of The Rugby Championship.

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8 comments for “Bismarck du Plessis’ Red Card removed from Record

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    September 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

    The Second one was questionable as the sanction is left up to referee to decide if it is a card or just a penalty.

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    September 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Talking about red cards – this one given 73secounds into the game:

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    September 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    @JT_BOKBEFOK!: That is bad, he went for a second bite as well.

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    September 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    THAT deserved a red for sure…
    Better referee

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    Boertjie
    September 16, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Another thought:
    Knowing Bismarck and knowing he was on a YC –
    and knowing the Frog referee – maybe HM should
    have replaced Bismarck at halftime.

    Anyway, this is a bit of 20-20 vision.

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    September 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    @Boertjie:

    tough call – he was the best player on the pitch at the time!
    Sean Fitzpatrick said at Half-time that Bismarck was keeping the Boks in the game single handedly…

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    September 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    @JT_BOKBEFOK!: Would agree with that

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    Brendon
    September 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Very happy for Bis. he did not deserve that on his record. I would also like to believe the professional that he is will have apologized to his team for the second card- which was pure stupidity at this level.

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