Stormers fined for misconduct
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - A SANZAR judicial hearing has found the Stormers guilty of misconduct following charges of insulting and offensive conduct towards match officials during their Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes on April 26.
The Stormers were found to have brought the game into disrepute and breached Section 8.3 of the SANZAR code of conduct.
The Stormers admitted their behaviour was wrong and accepted that insulting and using offensive conduct towards match officials was a breach of the SANZAR code of conduct and has no place in rugby.
They unreservedly apologised to the match officials and assistant referee Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri in particular.
The Stormers were fined the maximum financial penalty of A$15 000 (R137 000) for their insulting and offensive conduct towards match officials and A$10 000 (R91 000) for bringing the game into disrepute and also ordered to pay SANZAR’s costs.
The hearing resumed on Wednesday following extended adjournments to allow the Stormers to seek independent legal advice in the interests of fairness to all parties.