Sharks adopt 'no play, no pay' approach
Durban - Sharks players who are suspended for foul play will in future see their wages docked.
According to IOL Sport, this was the no-nonsense resolution passed at a recent meeting of the board of the Sharks directors at Kings Park.
The Sharks have a torrid disciplinary record in this year’s Super Rugby competition, with three players - captain Bismarck du Plessis, utility back Frans Steyn and loose forward Jean Deysel - currently serving bans for foul play.
Apart from the three red cards, the Sharks have also had three yellow cards and currently lie second from bottom in the South African Conference, and ninth on the overall standings.
As per the previous agreement, Du Plessis, Steyn and Deysel are still drawing on their salaries even though they aren’t on the field, but that is to change going forward.
The Mercury newspaper has quoted chairperson of the Sharks board Stephen Saad as being in agreement with the Sharks supporters that the “reckless” play of some of the players recently was intolerable.
Saad said this was the reason his organisation had decided to act.
“We have decided that going forward there must be a policy of ‘no play, no pay’ should a player be suspended for foul play,” said Saad.
Saad said that to enforce this, players being contracted to the union in future would be asked to have the ‘no play, no pay’ clause inserted in their contracts.
Saad said the board had taken legal advice before introducing the new censure, which he said was “appropriate and will have the necessary teeth”.