A strong message of do not touch officials has been send out in New Zeeland with the ban of five weeks for Waikato prop Ben Tameifuna.
Tameifuna pushed referee Glen Jackson in the game while defending his try line last week.
He was cited for ‘acting against the spirit of good sportsmanship’ after pushing Jacksonout of te way. Tameifuna apologised to Jackson immediately after the game and accept that what he did was wrong but stated that he was focus on defending the try line and acted instinctively and not with intend.
Taking the mitigating circumstances into account, the judicial officer Chris Morris decided to suspend Tameifuna from all rugby until October 5.
“It is imperative that players instinctively know that it is never, under any circumstances, appropriate for a player to abuse, verbally or physically, a match official,” Morris said in a statement.
“Taking all those factors into account, I find that a suspension of five weeks is appropriate and proportionate to the offending.”
Newcastle Falcons prop Kieran Brookes was banned for six weeks for pushing referee Greg Garner during an English Premiership match against Leicester in March