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Lions hooker Coetzee suspended for 5 weeks

Robbie Coetzee of the Lions advancing with possession during the Super Rugby match

Lions Super Rugby hooker Robbie Coetzee has been suspended for five weeks for kneeing an oppostion player in the head.

As per normal Sanzaar procedure for the matter to be dispensed with Coetzee 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 Coetzee of the Lions for contravening Law 10.4(a) Striking with Knee, after he was Red Carded during a Super Rugby Match at the Weekend.

Coetzee has been suspended from all forms of the game for 5 weeks, up to and including 1 July 2017.

The incident occurred in the 31st minute of the match between the Lions and Kings played at Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg on 28 May 2017.

The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Nigel Hampton QC (Chairman), Stefan Terblanche and John Langford 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, as well as a statement from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Adrian Montzinger, the Foul Play Review Committee amended the charge to Law 10.4(a). The player admitted the amended charge.”

“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play, which involved an intentional strike with the player’s knee to an opponent’s head, merited a mid range entry point of suspension for 8 weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s apology to the opposing player, his remorse and his early guilty plea, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 5 weeks.”

“The player is therefore suspended for 5 weeks, up to and including the Saturday 1 July 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.

Foul Play Review Committee: Nigel Hampton QC (Chairman), Stefan Terblanche and John Langford
Player: Robbie Coetzee
Team: Lions
Position: Hooker
Date of Incident: 28 May 2017
Nature of Offence: Law 10.4(c) Kicking an Opponent amended to Law 10.4(a) Striking with Knee
Elapsed time in match when offence occurred: 31st min