Sharks' Dixon off the hook

2012-10-02 15:28

Cape Town - Sharks hooker Pieter Dixon has escaped further punishment after he was cited for kicking Blue Bulls flank Arno Botha in the face in last Friday night's Currie Cup game in Durban.

Dixon appeared before Disciplinary Officer, Jannie Lubbe, on Monday, who found that the sending off was sufficient sanction and deemed no further sanction to be necessary. Dixon was sent off by referee Mark Lawrence following a review and recommendation by the Television Match Official (TMO), Johan Meuwesen.

Lubbe found that, on the balance of probability, the awarding of the red card was incorrect. The player conceded that his boot came into contact with the head of Botha, but stated that it was accidental. Lubbe could not exclude that possibility on the evidence, and found that it was more probable that the contact was accidental rather than deliberate.

He also ruled that the red card should be removed from the player’s record and not be considered should the player appear before a disciplinary committee again.

The Sharks next take on the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.


  • denese.newby - 2012-10-02 22:26

    Good on you LUBBE. It was very clear that the whole thing was accidental. If anyone thinks otherwise it means that he/she would have done it on purpose.

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-10-02 22:53

    Good...that red card was rediculous!

      elspeth.hassall - 2012-10-02 22:53

      Pun intended!

  • jacques.debie.7 - 2012-10-03 07:37

    Surely Johan Meuwesen should get some sort of "punishment" for his incompetent decision that could have cost the Sharks the game. Send him for a performance review to determine where he has shortcomings in his understanding of rugby laws and teach him accordingly. Its time officials take responsibility!

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-10-03 12:15

      Meuwesen is most probably the best TMO we've got. It looked to me like ML made both his TMO referrals from what was shown on the big screen. With recent reffing performaces against the Sharks perhaps ML's impartiality towards the Sharks team should be under review.

  • nico.smit.1272 - 2012-10-03 09:45

    Darem aar snaak waarmee WP en Sharks spelers alles weg kom as hulle op die veld oortree het. Was die nou Bakkies, Flip of enige ander Bul spelers was die bordtjie heel waarskynlik verhang met die swaarste straf wat hulle kan uit gee.

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