Ref left with broken jaw

2010-05-20 10:24

Bloemfontein - Police are investigating the assault of a Free State rugby referee whose jaw was broken in two places by a player during a game, the Volksbald reported on Thursday.

E.J. King was assaulted in the final minutes of the second league club game between Police and the Defence Force at Bobbies Park in Bloemfontein on Tuesday night.

Free State rugby union said in a statement King was assaulted by a player from the Police rugby club in the scoring area just before the final whistle.

His jaw was broken in two places and he lost two teeth.

"The Free State rugby union sees the incident in a serious light. This is absolutely unacceptable," the statement read.

The union said disciplinary steps would be taken against the culprit after the matter was investigated and a hearing had taken place.

Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Annelie Wrench confirmed the incident and said a charge of assault with intent to do grievous body harm had been laid.

Spokesperson for the Life-Rosepark hospital, Esmarie Cronj, said King's condition was satisfactory after an operation on Wednesday afternoon.


  • Lefty - 2010-05-20 10:34

    Is this where the saying comes from - HAK HOM VRYSTAAT !!

  • Bulls fan forever - 2010-05-20 10:35

    And then they (Stormers, Sharks, Australia and NZ) complain about Bakkies? Bigots, the lot of them !!!!

  • @BULLS FAN FOREVER - 2010-05-20 11:05

    No mate, we complain about ANY unecessary rough stuff that could result in injury(unlike your sort who seem to thrive on it..) If you want blood, injury and maiming - p**s off to Iraq, or go landmine jumping in Angola - just stop trying to 'sweet talk' violence in rugby.

  • NETBLOU - 2010-05-20 11:06

    @ Lefty - brijant. The few comments so far again just illustrate that refs are holy cows and untouchable. If a player swipes at another player - no problem, just don't get angree at a ref no matter how poor his refereeing is. I am not in favour of hitting (maybe killing yes) refs at all, plse don't get me wrong, but now all of a sudden this guy must be banned for life. Ok, that is fine, but then ban a ref for life if he made mistakes that cost one team a win and potential cup final and title!! Let us just be consistant

  • Bren - 2010-05-20 11:07

    If this is how our police force choose to resolve matters I dont want to ever call them for help

  • Cheap Shot - 2010-05-20 11:10

    I do not condone this thuggery whatsoever and this should be seriously dealt with. SARU however needs to look at refs evaluation processes in general and consider two refs as the game has got too fast for the average ref.

  • Riaan - 2010-05-20 11:11

    Another paloeka with a badge and no manners!!!!!

  • @Bulls fan for life - 2010-05-20 11:12

    Pleeeeeze man - get a life!!! and a brain!!!

  • @Bulls fan forever - 2010-05-20 11:14

    Difference is Bakkies is doing his agro stuff at Super 14 level and trying to disguise his malicious intent through general play, this Free State second division club player knocks the ref straight, why do you bring the Stormers and Sharks into this now? Go fishing or something, have brandy and coke - relax

  • Jon - 2010-05-20 11:14

    And this out-of-control, unsporting thug is the calibre of person who earns his wages as a cop? He should be fired for bringing the police force into disrepute.

  • Dean - 2010-05-20 11:15

    @Bulls fan forever How old are you? 12? What has what some savage from the Police Rugby Team in Bloem got to do with people criticising a "PROFESSIONAL" rugby player who was banned last year for exactly the same thing? Take your brandy and coke tinted glasses off if you think Bakkies had any other intention other than to physically hurt Aplon in that "clearing out". Rather a bigot that an unmitigated THUG. On this issue, the player should be jailed, end of story.....

  • Gabba - 2010-05-20 11:15

    This is unacceptable. This player is definately banned for life should this have happened in WP. He should not be allowed to even play touch rugby. B@st@rd.

  • storner - 2010-05-20 11:18

    bulls fan just off side,shut up if you cant comment,its got nothing to do with the stormers or sharks..bakkies plays vuil rugby and need to be punished,so does this player

  • DeepBlue - 2010-05-20 11:19

    @Bools fan forever. Cry me a river! Bakkies fully deserved it!

  • ANTIBULL - 2010-05-20 11:22

    GO SADERS GO...!!!!

  • MB - 2010-05-20 11:24

    What do you call someone who knocked out your teeth? Poeth

  • Take a Look - 2010-05-20 11:26

    It's Rugby...I know. It's also a sport with rules and regulations. All must abide or get punished. But the Police has got a certain mentality, from the Top to the.....It's called "Lack of Respect"!

  • Not Impressed - 2010-05-20 11:30

    I live in Bloem and play a lot of cricket at Bobbies Park against the Police Cricket Club. Ironically it is the one Club where things get stolen every game eg. bats, cellphones, watches to name a few. This kind of incident does not surprise me at all. Shame on you Police.

  • Dries - 2010-05-20 11:32

    @ 50 Caliber - You sound like one of those guys who causes the sh*t and then go and hide behind your lawyer threatening to have people locked up. You obviously have no idea what is happening in jails. What he did was wrong follow the procedures and have him banned for what ever period is deemed suitable. @ Bulls fan forever – get over yourself.

  • Wouts - 2010-05-20 11:33

    Bliksem!! If only the police were this serious of the field. The secret behind scoring against this team is once you have grounded the ball you should keep on running....... and make sure that you are faster than the Ref :) Wasn't this Bakkies' old club?? VRYSTAAT!!

  • Dave - 2010-05-20 11:33

    The last couple weeks we have seen the performances of the S14 refs, and with reference to the Bulls Crusaders match, I think that M Jonker should have been delt the same. It is pathetic how refs got away with murder. I think a system should be implemented to measure the refs. If his performance is bad, penalise him on his fees. They make so called critical mistakes and always motivate their actions. maruis was so called fair in his decisions, but he was bad. get a system in place for refs also to teach them to blow fair. This will open the window for others who want to ref and not assist the others like Jonker helped the Bulls.

  • SA Rugby Supporter - 2010-05-20 11:44

    Looks like we finally have somebody to fill Bakkies Boots! Send him up to Klaptus, I mean, Loftus! :)

  • Koos - 2010-05-20 11:48

    Wat het geword van om die ou in die ander span te donder? Los die ref uit man!

  • Jan - 2010-05-20 11:48

    Ban him from ever playing, administring or coaching rugby at any level and fine or suspend the team for at least a season. Perhaps teams will then start thinking and managing their players. From the ref side I hope he sues the #$%^& out of him. Time for people to start playing the game and stop thinking that aggression can fix anything.

  • Rugby101 - 2010-05-20 11:50

    I know this is bad...........................what is the chances of getting this player on the field when Kaplan is handling a bulls game.......................a little bit of platteland justice could do Kaplan good

  • Point Blank@Bulls fan forever - 2010-05-20 11:52

    And you just a idiot..hope you not married, poor wife!

  • ZION PAY - 2010-05-20 11:57

    Given the poor state of referee-ing and the multitude of complaints , this incident was bound to happen some time or other. A referee like any other occupation has its hazards.

  • FOTA - 2010-05-20 11:58

    @Bulls Fan Forever. You need an IQ test china. What you are saying is that it is OK for Bakkies to act like a savage as long as there are bigger savages out there. What makes me a bigot?? .. Do you know what the meaning of the word is?. Go and Google it, then google "doos" as well .. just so that you can figure out what the rugby world thinks of you.

  • C - 2010-05-20 11:59

    Haak Haak die ref se Kaaakebeeeen AAAF!!!

  • Raffles - 2010-05-20 12:02

    Throw the book at him. Refs and umpires have to put up with all sorts of abuse. I know, I was a cricket umpire. There is no longer any sportsmanship.

  • @ Lefty - 2010-05-20 12:02

    That is where the word lefty came from. lol!!!

  • Bull to the bone - 2010-05-20 12:02

    Let us not jump to conclusions so quickly. It might have been a strayed fist ment for another payer that hit the ref by mistake.

  • Nic - 2010-05-20 12:03

    Perhaps he deserved it. I see no problem with this. Where are all the real men? I miss the days where we could settle any dispute with a good fight and then enjoy a beer after wards.

  • Emile - 2010-05-20 12:03

    Totally unacceptable, but boy oh boy - don't some of these refs deserve a good hiding. Some citing officials as well. On a serious not though - this guy should never be allowed near a rugby game or rugby field ever again. He shouldn't even be allowed to attend his boy's school games.

  • @ Lefty - 2010-05-20 12:04

    No, that is where the word lefty came from. lol!!!

  • Referee referee jy kry op jou moer - 2010-05-20 12:05

    Dankie tog ,dit het 8 jaar gevat sedert Ou Piet die bliksems beet gekry het. Ek respekteer daardie polisieman om die bliksem so mooi uitesorteer. Great gee daai referees ordentlik op hulle moere hulle verdien dit daai skelms...Maruis Jonker jys volgende

  • some one from far - 2010-05-20 12:06

    this will happen everywhere,the refs it the cause of it all they must blow the game fare

  • Wat de bliksem??? - 2010-05-20 12:06

    Breek die skuldige se kakebeen in 2 plekke, dan sluit hom toe!!!!!!

  • gav - 2010-05-20 12:07

    and they say Football (soccer) is played by hooilgan? this is very sad and no ways would it go unpunished....anyway good one@Lefty hahah

  • Wre Jack - 2010-05-20 12:08

    Ban the player and suspend his club for a period of a year to show the clubs to show all clubs that discipline is a serous concern.

  • OUTRAGED - 2010-05-20 12:20

    Convict the scum for serious assault and when he gets out, make sure he never plays rugby again.

  • Win - 2010-05-20 12:20

    only the police/defence force could produce this kind of thugby, not rugby

  • Smiler - 2010-05-20 12:46

    Come on we are Sef Eficans man. We bite other players ears, and now we beat up the refs. Goodness gracious no one has shot the ref yet. When that happens, especialy if its a Policeman, we can only blame their boss with his "shoot to kill" order. Darn lucky this ref was. Only a broken jaw and a few teeth missing. He's now in hospital - could have been ona slab in the mortuary. Count your blessings mate. As for the player who clobbered him. Well he is a cop and we must ( not should) must respect a cop no matter what the situation.

  • NETBLOU - 2010-05-20 12:46

    @Lefty - Briljant Arme ref. Alweer die onskuld vanself en mag nie aangeraak word nie. Heiges wat op 'n troon sit. Kyk maar na Juwele (Kaplin), Craig (Joubert) se arrogante houding as hulle met spelers praat asof hulle modder is. Nee ek hou hiervan; lankal nodig sedert Piet van Potch. Almal skree gooi die ou in tronk en verban hom lewenslank om rugby te speel. Wees dan net so konsekwent met die refs en verban hulle wanneer hulle spanne van oorwinnings en bekers ontneem om nie van die onkonsekwentheid van uitwysers te praat nie. Kyk maar na die video van Bakkies hoe kom Blaauw na Bakkies vir armeAplon uitgehaal het, in kop errste en met sy vuis - maar nee hy is mos van die Stormers en inwatte. Asseblief!!!!

  • Smiler - 2010-05-20 12:47

    Come on we are Sef Eficans man. We bite other players ears, and now we beat up the refs. Goodness gracious no one has shot the ref yet. When that happens, especialy if its a Policeman, we can only blame their boss with his "shoot to kill" order. Darn lucky this ref was. Only a broken jaw and a few teeth missing. He's now in hospital - could have been ona slab in the mortuary. Count your blessings mate. As for the player who clobbered him. Well he is a cop and we must ( not should) must respect a cop no matter what the situation.

  • Hendrik - 2010-05-20 12:57

    I've been a Bull forever, sick and tired of Bakkies' dumn ass bull on the field!! This type of behaviour is because of examples that guys like Bakkies, Danie Russouw, Schalk etc etc. sets! Wish he could go, maybe the Lions should buy him as he will probably be on a special now...?

  • hans - 2010-05-20 13:00

    Baie skeidsregters behoort so reg gesien te word want hulle is meesal die oorsaak van brawls. Van hulle weet van een of twee wat kan lees en weet ook van een of twee wat dalk kan skryf en daarom blaas hy fluitjie want hy wil wys dat hy die baas is, die kitaar slaan en die spelers laat dans. daar is van hulle wat na elek wedstryd krimineel aangekla te word by 'n onafhanklike komitee en hy sal soos die spelers verantwoording vir sy dade moet doen. Dit sluit die sogenaamde lynskeidsregters in

  • Dewald - 2010-05-20 13:00

    I was there when it happened and they are totally ripping this thing apart. These things happen when you get a ref which is used to being in charge of school rugby matches and then suddenly comes to ref a club match.I don't agree in the tipe of way it happened but to be honest he had it coming, because you don't just start favouring the opposite team with just 10min to go, what happened to neutral refs?? I really hope this opens some eyes and besides that the guy only plays for the Police Club he is not even envolved in the Force!!

  • hein Cent - 2010-05-20 13:20

    Ek sou daarvan gehou het om dit te sien. Is dit nie dalk op kamera nie

  • Fokken Poeslisie - 2010-05-20 13:26

    Hulle is amper so kommin so ek en die Blou ape (bedoel) bulle