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Bulls flank Bothma slapped with four week ban

Jamie-Jerry Taulagi (L) of the Sunwolves vies with Renaldo Bothma (R) of the Blue Bulls during the Super XV rugby union match between the Blue Bulls and the Sunwolves at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on March 17, 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTIAAN KOTZE (Photo credit should read CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP/Getty Images)

Bulls Super Rugby flanker Renaldo Bothma has been given a four week suspension for a dangerous tackle on Sunwolves forward Ed Quirk in Round four.

As per SANZAAR rules for the matter to dispensed with Bothma had to plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the Foul Play Review Committee.

The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee accepted the guilty plea from Bothma for contravening Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent, after he was Red Carded during a Super Rugby Match at the Weekend.

Bothma has therefore been suspended from all forms of the game for 4 weeks, up to and including Saturday 15 April 2017.

Bothma made contact with Sunwolves player Ed Quirk during the match between the Bulls v Sunwolves at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria on 17 March 2017.

The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Nigel Hampton QC (Chairman), Stefan Terblanche and Stephen Hardy assessed the case.

In his finding, Foul Play Review 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-carding of the Player under Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an Opponent”

“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid range entry point of 6 weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s early admission of guilt and his remorse for his actions, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension by 2 weeks.”

“The player is therefore suspended for 4 weeks, up to and including Saturday 15 April 2017.”

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.