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Mujati receives six-week ban

2009-11-02 20:54

London - South African forward Brian Mujati has been banned for six weeks after pushing referee Nigel Owens in the back during Northampton's European Cup defeat by Perpignan in France last month.

Video: Brian Mujati pushes Nigel Owens

Mujati was cited after the incident and the independent judicial officer, Rod McKenzie, ruled on Monday that the player had been guilty of an act contrary to good sportsmanship.

McKenzie however determined the offence was low-end in terms of its seriousness and accepted there were "compelling and exceptional mitigating factors" in that Mujati was suffering from concussion at the time of the incident.

Barring a successful appeal, Mujati will not be allowed to play until December 2, meaning he will miss four matches for Northampton.

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Comments
  • Sigamoney - 2009-11-02 22:22

    Your on field behaviour was more like that of a Bulls fan when they speak. A bunch of ears with nothing in the middle to help them think properly.

  • Craig - 2009-11-02 22:37

    Huh... in the video the ref talks about it but you dont see it. So whats the use?

  • wade - 2009-11-02 23:13

    Uh Craig, are you a ref per chance? Have another look or consult a TMO as it's clear as day!

  • I_Win - 2009-11-02 23:19

    Sigamoney - You wouldn't know what it's like to support the best Rugby team in SA's history. You're jealousy is leaking all over your shirt. Assumption is the mother of all f-ups. You're the father.

  • Manfred - 2009-11-02 23:54

    This saves him from seizing a farm in Zimbabwe like his father. Allow him to earn an honest living, concussed or not.

  • Henk - 2009-11-03 05:50

    @ Sigamoney: You still sad about not having any trophy in the trophy case? Hahaha!

  • Darren - 2009-11-03 07:57

    Craig, look at teh first few moments of the clip you will see the push it is very clear.

  • Thembalabantubonke - 2009-11-03 10:09

    Surely, if someone is concust, they cannot be held liable for any action on the field during that time. Furthermore, it was simply a push. I suggest this will be overturned on appeal.

  • Loopenval - 2009-11-03 10:28

    Seemingly a slight stumble before the push. His biggest problem is that he previously represented SA and therefore will be punished for anything that looks like it might be a transgression!!!

  • Mugabe - 2009-11-03 10:38

    He can now go and work on his father's farm in Zimbabwe and try to make the farm productive....

  • DISCWORLD. - 2009-11-03 11:25

    He was born concussed, plus why is he bothering with rugby as he has got two or three illegally expropriated farms in Zim he can stumble around on.

  • Met Uysh! - 2009-11-03 11:57

    From watching the video, I thought he would get at least 2 years, as the Ref was not near the ruck and it was totally ruthless. Why even do it while he is concussed? He knows he should get to the ruck, does he not know he must not shove the ref, even in his subconcious? He was lucky to get off so lightly.

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