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Appeals committee suspend Steyn until 3 May


Frans Steyn has been given a suspension from all forms of the game up until 3 May 2015 by the SANZAR Appeals Commitee

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At a SANZAR judicial hearing on 23 March 2015, SANZAR Judicial Officer, Jannie Lubbe SC, found Francois Steyn not guilty of contravening Law 10.4 (j), which provides; Lifting a player from the ground and dropping or driving that player into the ground whilst that player’s feet are still off the ground such that the player’s head and/or upper body come into contact with the ground is dangerous play.

A SANZAR Appeals Committee, chaired by Terry Willis (Australia) and comprising Nigel Hampton QC (New Zealand) and Robert Stelzner SC (South Africa), has allowed an appeal by SANZAR against the verdict of a judicial hearing that cleared Francois Steyn of a lifting tackle.

The Appeals Committee unanimously upheld the appeal brought by SANZAR and found that Steyn breached Law 10.4 (j) and that the referee was correct to red card the player during the match between the Sharks and the Chiefs played at Growthpoint KINGS PARK in Durban on Saturday 21 March 2015.

The Committee determined that the relevant sanction was four matches. After taking into consideration the Sharks’ bye in Round 11, Steyn was suspended from all forms of the game up to and including 3 May 2015.

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  1. @bchanakira2: Esterhuizen is one for the future cannot wait to see him get extended runs….

    April will be a great month as I do not have to see Kamikaze for the next six weeks…. :wave:

  2. Massive blow to the Sharks, but a fair suspension. That was a very serious tackle and Cruden was very lucky to escape serious injury.

  3. Pathetic…now can SANZAR go against their own decision… The guy got a red, was then exonerated , then they have appealed their own officials… And then banned him for 5 weeks when several players who have punched, kicked, strangled have received no sentences…. Pathetic!

  4. I am still seething about this…let’s just see whether this precedent is set for the rest of the tip tackles this season… Red card + 5 game suspension!

  5. Eish…these okes dont know their arse from their elbow.. again i dont disagree with the severity of the sharks players bans, however the chiefs players sentences are a joke…..i dont blame saffas feeling hard done by as there is a clear disparity here….

  6. Hoessit, Tjops.

    K#k storie. Somebody ought kick the snot out of SANZAR for this. No qualms with Steyn getting carded/suspended – crack down on foul play and it is warranted in this case – but the inconsistency stinks to high heavens.

    This whole episode is a mess – ref overruled TV ref, 1st disciplinary clears & wiped red card but then another, 1st of its kind, sticks the card back as well as a 4 weeks suspension.

    Surely there is a strong case to take to arbitration court, good lawyer should have a field day! Any volunteers?? And not for Fransie’s sake, but for the sake of fairness in the game of rugby.

  7. I have to agree… this is crazy….

    like six weeks and local officials too…. other spear tacklers in the same game were not that badly punished…

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