Ref's jaw-breaker to be heard

2010-05-26 19:26

Bloemfontein - The disciplinary hearing of a Free State club rugby player who allegedly broke a referee's jaw during a match will take place on Thursday evening.

Free State Rugby Union CEO Gerda van Solms on Wednesday said the Police club player's hearing would start at 5pm.

Police and the rugby union announced last week they were investigating a player's allegedly assaulting referee EK King, breaking his jaw in two places and knocking out two teeth. King was punched in the final minutes of the second league club game between Police and the Defence Force at Bobbies Park in Bloemfontein last week Tuesday.

The Free State Rugby Union said in a statement a Police club player allegedly assaulted King in the scoring area just before the final whistle. King was admitted to hospital afterwards.

Police spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Annelie Wrench said a charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm had been laid.

In another incident, two referees were allegedly assaulted at another second league game between Warriors I and Mangaung I at Schoeman's Park last weekend.

Referee Milton Bolawa and his assistant Christian Shuping were allegedly attacked by various Warriors players during Saturday's game.

The Free State Rugby Union was also investigating this.


  • rugbyfan - 2010-05-26 21:26

    Ban the player for life and don't even allow him at a game. Same with the Warriors. Ban the whole club for life. It's bullsh!t and should be dealt with in the harshest possible way. I hope they get criminal charges against them as well.

  • VATIKAKI - 2010-05-26 21:50

    I dont know if they can punch him twice (one go to jail for assault) or make an example of him never put his foot on a rugby field again.

  • Japie from Kiwiland - 2010-05-26 21:58

    "Rugbyfan" said it all and go the Stormers for the last of Super 14 glory.

  • Hendrik - 2010-05-27 00:16

    Hulle gaan ref's moet begin danger pay betaal!!

  • Police!? - 2010-05-27 01:17

    Sh$t I would have thought that the safest game to ref will be a Police vs Defence Force game but apparently not! With the Police and Army on and next to the field you should be safe but this is AFRICA mate! For a moment I was hoping that it was Jonker the Plonking cheat!

  • CJ - 2010-05-27 08:25

    Well that is a perfect explanations to the crime and animalistic behaviours in South Africa. If a ref gets put in hospital in a game between the police and the defence force...well I guess we have to reply on protecting ourselves, and not replying on them because...enough said!

  • OMG!!! - 2010-05-27 11:49

    @CJ & Police!?: R u freaking joking???? Oh sorry i must've forgotten that this shizz doesnt happen anywhere else! Stuck in your little world! I didnt notice any of you complaining about Sepp Blatter awarding the hospitality contract to MATCH even tho they are run by his son!?!?! Oh but thats not nepotism or corruption.......stop thinking so small!

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