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Three weeks for Deysel


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 21 May 2014 at 08:38
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Cell C Sharks flank Jean Deysel has been suspended for three weeks, after being shown a red card for stamping during last week’s win over the Crusaders.

The suspension, which is certainly far shorter than many feared it would be, takes into account the fact that Deysel is a leader in the team, with a previously clean record, who has shown clear remorse about the incident. It will remain in effect until 7 June, meaning he will miss the Super Rugby outings against the Blues and Stormers, as well as a game for his club Crusaders during the June break.

Deysel will thus be available for selection when the Sharks’ campaign resumes against the Cheetahs after the international window.

Here is the full ruling:

Jean Deysel of the Sharks tackled Jordan Taufua of the Crusaders near the Sharks’ goal line after Taufua illegally held on to the foot of Deysel, preventing him from joining the line of defense.

In order to free himself, Deysel stamped with his boot on Taufua and made contact with the neck/head area of the player. Taufua sustained a minor injury to his mouth but was able to complete the match and subsequently provided helpful testimony that supported the medical evidence.

The entry level of the offence was categorised as mid-level which carries a five week suspension after applying section 9.5 of Appendix 1 of the SANZAR Disciplinary Rules; mainly because of the use of a boot in the head/face area of a player in a vulnerable position on the ground.

Stamping is a serious offence. It is an offence that cannot be tolerated in the game because not only is it totally against the spirit of the game, but it carries an inherent potential danger of serious injury to players, especially when contact is made in the head/face area.

The period of suspension was reduced to three weeks as a result of compelling mitigating factors which consisted of the following:

The player apologised to his opponent after the match who accepted the apology. Deysel is a senior player with an exceptionally good record over a long career who acts as a leader and performs a mentoring role in the team. He pleaded guilty and showed genuine remorse for his actions.

Having considered the player’s upcoming schedule of matches as required by IRB Regulation 17, I am satisfied that the player was scheduled to play in the KZN Club Rugby competition during the June break for Super Rugby. This means Deysel will miss the Sharks’ two upcoming fixtures, along with a match for his club side on 6 June.

Accordingly, the player is suspended from all forms of rugby up to and including Saturday 7 June 2014.



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