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Byrnes's gouge ban overturned

2012-03-22 07:23

Melbourne - Melbourne Rebels lock Adam Byrnes' 10-week suspension from Super Rugby has been overturned by a SANZAR appeals committee.

Byrnes was banned by a judiciary officer who found him guilty of dangerous play in making contact with Waratahs centre Tom Carter's eye area during the teams' round two clash on March 2.

But the three-man appeals committee chaired by Nicholas Davidson has found there was insufficient proof to sustain the charge.

"This was a serious allegation and must be clearly established on the balance of probabilities," said SANZAR in a statement.

The appeals committee said its examination of the evidence included extensive "but inconclusive" video footage from the match.

"Applying the standard of proof required under the rules, the appeal committee concluded that it could not be said that a breach of the laws occurred to the requisite standard as an act of recklessness which involved contact with the eye area.

"In the circumstances, the appeal was allowed and the sanction was set aside."

The initial judiciary hearing rejected the notion that Byrnes' action was eye-gouging or constituted an intentional attack.

But he was deemed to have acted dangerously in applying a headlock to Carter, which involved recklessness in making contact with the eye area.

The appeals committee first dismissed a submission by the Rebels that the judicial officer was wrong to amend detail of the citing which originally alleged an attack to the eyes as the players were getting up after clearing out.

Tully considered video footage before the players fell to ground, not as they were getting up, and that founded his decision to impose the ban.

The committee said there was no unfairness in the process adopted.

Rugby Heaven

Comments
  • Jan - 2012-03-22 07:42

    Ou Isak, iets se vir my jy hou nie vd Bulls nie. Is jou vrou of skoonma dalk van Pretoria?

      Jan - 2012-03-22 08:11

      Jip ou Isak, en almal is Stormers. Op my ander profile is 380 vriende. Almal Bulls en Lion pelle. Ouens met wie ek eintlik n gesprek kan voer. lol Groete v jou ook!

      Koos - 2012-03-22 09:08

      Ou Isak.... ek sien jy skreeu vir die wp... lol.... almal het maar hulle probleme neh!

  • chiepner - 2012-03-22 08:25

    hahahahahaha - and again - the entire SANZAR judicial plunders into one big farsce again. Now I hate to say "IF" but let me say this anyway. If this was a "Bakkies Botha" I bet you my life that this suspension would not of been overturned by this very same committee. The more things change the more they stay the same.

  • Jan - 2012-03-22 08:44

    Isak, jy is darem wragtag soos die wind. Hierbo gil jy dit uit !"Go Reds!" En raai wat ? n Rukkie later gil jy " Go SA teams go!" Wat de hel wil jy nou eintlik he. Het jy huismoeilikheid of wat is dit wat jou so deurmekaar maak. Ons het goeie dokters in Pretoria. Miskien moet jy n draai kom maak.

      Pietie - 2012-03-22 14:09

      Isak jy behoort permanent n rol toilet papier by jou te hou. Vir elke keer as jy jou bek opmaak om iets te se, om die stront af te vee!

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