Haskell gets three-week ban

2012-05-01 09:31

Wellington - England backrower James Haskell has been suspended for three matches for punching an opponent during a Super Rugby match between his Highlanders and the Cheetahs.

Haskell received a yellow card for the incident in Saturday's match at Bloemfontein in which the Highlanders rallied from 30-9 down to win 36-33.

At a judicial hearing Haskell pleaded guilty to striking his Cheetahs opposite Justin Downey and was handed a three-match suspension by judical officer Mike Heron. He will miss the Highlanders' matches against the Sharks in Durban, the Hurricanes and  Bulls.

Downey received stitches in a cut above one eye.


  • Stormkaap - 2012-05-01 10:15

    Cant understand how this player only gets three weeks

      colin85 - 2012-05-01 11:07

      Its shocking really, he threw a combo and both connected clean, Butch James on the same day cleared a ruck late with no shoulders (stupid of him) but that was still sort of borderline, it wasn't outright punching, and he got 4 weeks, this guy gets 3? Strange, this would be at least 6 weeks I would have thought

      DSBennie - 2012-05-02 08:33

      It was a minimum of 6 weeks, but the panel kamistig took into account his good record and remorse

  • Wim - 2012-05-01 10:26

    Downey receives stitches and Haskell gets 3 weeks after 2 punching incidents; Butch James caused no injury to anyone in one incident and gets 4 weeks! They should both have received longer bans. Inconsistent meting out of justice once again. Merely history repeating itself!

      mjvanvuuren1 - 2012-05-01 10:58

      @Wim, so if there's a inconsistency in the bans why should they have sentenced Butch James even longer? Sorry, but your comment does not make sense!

  • Generaal - 2012-05-01 10:28

    Absoluut lagwekkend.

  • mjvanvuuren1 - 2012-05-01 10:33

    What a joke! Butch James gets four weeks for a late clean-out and Haskell three weeks for a blatant assault ...... Show me the justice in that. Clearly the judicial clowns apply a different set of rules when a SA player is involved in an incident. Unfortunately SA Rugby and our officials are to blame here. The ref for failing to issue a red card as recommended by the assistant ref, which he was going to do but "on his way to the isle" got cold feet and decided to go for a yellow. SA Rugby for allowing this injustice year in and year out. Thinking of it now, you can't really blame the officials too much 'cause the board they answer to - SA Rugby - has no backbone! So, who's going to back them against the mighty (sa)NZAR....

      colin85 - 2012-05-01 11:09

      So true, since when do you not listen to your assistants. He didnt even see it, the Assistant did, and said, red card, then joker said im going to give yellow, (even though he just said he didnt see it) hahaha, that would have been enough for Cheetahs to win the game

      Tokolos - 2012-05-01 23:32

      Dave you are an arrogant Twat!

  • dale.johnston2 - 2012-05-01 11:24

    Butch could have saved himself a week if he used his fist instead of his shoulder. Ludicrous.

  • mikee13 - 2012-05-01 12:16

    Tell me, I ask with tears in my eyes, where is the consistency ? - James No 1, late shoulder charge, yellow card, apologizes + expresses remorse - gets a 4 week suspension. - James No 2, punches a player twice, causes a mini brawl, yellow card, apologizes + expresses remorse - gets a 3 week suspension !! Both cases were reviewed by the same SANZAR Judicial Officer, namely Mike Heron. In his opinion, James No 2 was willing to "...recognise and acknowledge the immediate guilty plea, his impressive record and the sincere remorse shown". WHAT A CROCK OF SH1T !!!!!

      mikee13 - 2012-05-01 12:19

      Hmm .... I wonder which country the JO, Mike Heron is from ? And thinking about it more, maybe he just doesn't like players with first names as surnames :-)

  • Michael - 2012-05-01 12:58

    I'm a huge cheetahs supporter and feel a couple of week added would've bin sufficiant but comparing this with Butch's 1000th offence is inaccurate.. When an incident is taken into review, the player's history is almost as important as the incident itself.. Butch is a serial offender. Just my R0,02.. Haskell should've gotten a red also. It was a saffa that decided against it...

  • Flemjob - 2012-05-01 23:29

    Why hasn't Downey been suspended for grabbing Haskells private parts?

      Gungets - 2012-05-02 07:59

      He wasn't grabbing, he was checking that he had some ...

      Flemjob - 2012-05-02 09:07

      Why is it that SA team supporters can never see the other side of the story? What would you do if someone grabbed you in the nuts? I'm not condoning either players behaviour, but lets not ignore why this has happened. No hang on, you lot will.

      Raymond - 2012-05-02 10:20

      I must admit I did not see the 'nut grabbing' however that is TOTALLY irrelevant. The rule is that you are not allowed to retaliate no matter what the provocation otherwise you are sanctioned. There are countless examples of this in all sport codes. Take into account also that there were TWO punches resulting in injury. I think that Haskill got away inordinately lightly. One should also take into account (in Downeys defence) that Haskill has no balls! Proven by the fact that he hit the man from the blind side.

      Flemjob - 2012-05-02 11:24

      I think you might want to watch the video. My point is that Downey should also be punished. He wouldn't have got punched him if he didn't grab his nuts.

      Owentjie - 2012-05-03 02:36

      Unless you can show me another camera angle that I'm missin? Really. How long or big are you fantasizing haskells private parts to be. It looks like a jersey he is holding , at least a rulers length away! have another look on YouTube.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-05-02 14:52

    REMORSE!? He then puched Adriaan Strauss minutes later !!!

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