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Venter suspended for 1 week of Super Rugby

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 01: Henco Venter of the Toyota Cheetahs during the Super Rugby match between Toyota Cheetahs and DHL Stormers at Toyota Stadium on July 01, 2017 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Pretorius/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Cheetahs flanker Henco Venter has been suspended for one week of Super Rugby for punching an opponent in the weekend’s Super Rugby action.

As per Sanzaar’s rules Venter had to plead guilty to the charge and accept the penalty offered by the Foul Play Review Committee for the matter to be dispensed with at this hearing.

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The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee accepted the guilty plea from Venter for contravening Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with the hand, arm or fist, after he was Red Carded during a Super Rugby Match at the Weekend.

Venter has been suspended from all forms of the game up to and including Friday 14 July.

The incident occurred in the 80th minute of the match between Cheetahs and Stormers played at Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein on 1 July 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 from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Marius Botha, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the ordering off under Law 10.4(a)”

“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a low end entry point of 2 weeks, particularly having regard to the relatively minor nature of the impact. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s admission of guilt at the first available opportunity and excellent Judicial record, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 1 week.”

“The player is therefore suspended for 1 week, up to and including Friday 14 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, Stephen Hardy
Player: Henco Venter
Team: Cheetahs
Position: Flanker
Date of Incident: 1 July 2017
Nature of Offence: Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with the elbow
Elapsed time in match when offence occurred: 80th minute