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Lubbe: “Red card was wrong”

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 3 Oct 2012 at 08:30
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The full findings from Pieter Dixon’s Monday night disciplinary hearing have been released and the further good news for the Sharks hooker is that Advocate Jannie Lubbe seems to agree with the majority of right-thinking people who saw the incident happen: the decision to red card Dixon for an accidental incident was the wrong one.

There’s a fair bit of legalese involved, of course, with Lubbe using terms like “balance of probability” and “could not exclude the possibility” and so forth, but to my mind, the Judicial Officer’s findings are pretty clear. He doesn’t feel that Dixon should have been carded at all and based on the evidence presented (which, by the way, is pretty much the same evidence that TMO Johan Meuwesen spent about five minutes poring over on Friday night) there was a far stronger likelihood that the so-called “kick to the head” was completely accidental than it was intentional.

The clearest indication, though, of the strength of Lubbe’s feeling in this regard is the decision to expunge the red card from Dixon’s record. That is about as close to an apology as you’ll ever get from the officials who ruled this game of ours and for Dixon, I think it’s probably sufficient vindication. Never before in the player’s long career has he received a red card and at least now he can go back into retirement with that record intact!


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