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SA Club suspended for 15 years after violence

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President of the South African Rugby Union, Oregan Hoskins, on Monday praised the South Western Districts Rugby Football Union for their strong action in suspending for 15 years a club found guilty of violent behaviour.

The Heidelberg Club was suspended following an incident earlier this month during which the club’s supporters invaded the field to attack the players of the Mossel Bay Rugby Club.

“I applaud the South Western Districts union for their strong action and the clear message they have sent to clubs – not just under their jurisdiction, but across the country,” said Hoskins.

“The implications for the Heidelberg Club are obviously very serious indeed and I have sympathy for those hard-working officials and members who had no part in this incident.

“But a club has to take responsibility for the actions of its members and players and this kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable.”

Hoskins also commended the Golden Lions Rugby Union for their approach to the disciplinary case involving the Eldoronians and Wanderers clubs. The two teams were involved in a match that was abandoned in the second half amid allegations of violent conduct and racism.

“Serious charges have been made and the Lions’ decision to hold a public hearing will not only ensure justice is done but it is also seen to be done,” said Hoskins.

“These cases can lead to accusations of bias and unfairness following the outcomes but the Lions’ decision will ensure that the public will have the full facts at their disposal.”

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