Stormers hearing drags on
Cape Town - A hearing into potential misconduct against the Stormers has been postponed after after new information was brought to SANZAR's attention.
A SANZAR judicial hearing commenced on Tuesday to hear complaints of misconduct
against the Stormers and their team management. The alleged incident occurred during their Super Rugby game against the Hurricanes in Palmerston North on April 26.
However, the hearing was then adjourned at the request of Stormers management.
Upon resumption of the hearing, judicial officer Adam Casselden could not proceed due to concerns that a fair hearing was no longer possible because of the disclosure of certain information to him.
Casselden then referred the misconduct complaints to a new SANZAR judicial officer in the belief that a new hearing was necessary in the interests of fairness to all parties.
SANZAR will appoint a new judicial officer and set a date and time for the new hearing in due course.
Reports earlier in the week indicated that Kiwi assistant referee Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri accused the Stormers of calling him a 'cheat' during the match in Palmerston North, which the Stormers won 18-16. Eden-Whaitiri claimed he was subjected to constant swearing and abuse.
The Stormers declined to give further comment on the matter.