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Crusaders captain and lock Sam Whitelock has been cited by Super Rugby administrators Sanzaar for alleged foul play during his team’s victory over the Cheetahs.

As per Sanzaar rules for the matter to be dispensed with Whitelock must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the Foul Play Review Committee.

Whitelock is alleged to have contravened Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with the elbow, during the match between the Cheetahs and Crusaders at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on 29 April 2017.

The referee for the match, Federico Anselmi, issued a Yellow Card for the incident which occurred in the 71st minute.

Upon further review of the match footage, the Citing Commissioner deemed in his opinion the incident had met the Red Card threshold for foul play.

The Case is to be considered in the first instance by the SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee which will take place on 30 April 2017 via video-conference.

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.

Player: Sam Whitelock
Team: Crusaders
Position: Lock
Date of Incident: 29 April 2017
Nature of Offence: Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with the elbow
Elapsed time in match when incident occurred: 71:21

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