Deysel deeply ashamed of actions
Cape Town - Sharks flank Jean Deysel said he was deeply ashamed of his actions after being banned for seven weeks for foul play.
Deysel pleaded guilty after being charged for kneeing Crusaders loose forward Matt Todd in the back of the head during the Sharks' 52-10 Super Rugby loss to the Crusaders in Durban last Saturday.
Deysel was sent off during the game and appeared before a SANZAR Judicial Hearing where he copped the heavy ban on Tuesday.
SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Nicholas Davidson assessed the case.
Davidson said Deysel had shown remorse for his actions and did take into consideration that Deysel’s state of mind may have been influenced by the ill health of an immediate family member.
However, Davidson said it was no excuse for what transpired on the field.
"Deysel, to his credit, did not seek to minimise his actions. He said he was deeply ashamed and that his actions were against everything he stands for, despite his earlier breaches. He could only refer to his emotional and irrational response when frustrated at the breakdown, and he asked himself why he acted in such an extreme manner,” commented Davidson.
"After my preliminary considerations, I was advised of an off-field mitigating circumstance which may in rare circumstances be brought to account under Regulation 17. In this case, there are truly exceptional circumstances associated with the health of his immediate family which must bear on his state of mind, and go some way to explain his irrational actions. This is not an excuse but a basis to exercise some small leniency in the sanction applied.
"A discount was applied due to these mitigating factors. I took into account that the Sharks have a bye in Round 11, in effect making this a six-match sanction. Therefore, the player is suspended from all forms of rugby up to and including Saturday, May 23, 2015."