LIVE

    Bite gets Bulls' Schoeman a 6-week ban

    2018-04-24 11:38

    Pretoria - Bulls prop Pierre Schoeman has been found guilty of biting a player in his side's 28-10 win over the Rebels and has been banned for SIX weeks. 

    The news was confirmed by SANZAAR on Tuesday. 

    Bulls coach John Mitchell had earlier refused to confirm or deny whether Schoeman had pleaded innocent or guilty. 

    "A SANZAAR Judicial Committee Hearing has found Pierre Schoeman of the Bulls guilty of contravening Law 9.12 - A Player must not physically abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to Biting, after he was cited during a Super Rugby match at the weekend," a statement from SANZAAR read.

    "Schoeman has been suspended for 6 weeks, up to and including Saturday 2 June 2018.

    "The incident occurred in the 58th minute of the match between the Bulls and Rebels played at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on 21 April 2018.

    "The SANZAAR Judicial Hearing held via video conference on 24 April 2018 was heard by the Judicial Committee of Adam Casselden SC, Eroni Clarke and De Wet Barry.

    In his finding, the Judicial Committee Chairman Adam Casselden SC ruled the following:

    "Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Attie Heyns, the Judicial Committee accepted the player’s guilty plea and upheld the citing under Law 9.12 - A Player must not physically abuse anyone. Physical abuse includes, but is not limited to Biting.  With respect to sanction the Judicial Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a low-end entry point of 12 weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s early guilty plea, his good character, his good disciplinary record and his remorse the Judicial Committee reduced the suspension to a period of six weeks."

    Schoeman's ban effectively rules him out for five Super Rugby matches, as well as a potential Springbok debut against Wales in Washington DC on June 2.

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk

    Results

    04 August 2018
    28 July 2018
    21 July 2018
    20 July 2018
    14 July 2018
    13 July 2018
    07 July 2018
    06 July 2018
    30 June 2018
    29 June 2018
    03 June 2018
    02 June 2018
    01 June 2018
    26 May 2018
    25 May 2018
    19 May 2018
    18 May 2018
    12 May 2018
    11 May 2018
    05 May 2018
    04 May 2018
    28 April 2018
    27 April 2018
    22 April 2018
    21 April 2018
    20 April 2018
    14 April 2018
    13 April 2018
    07 April 2018
    06 April 2018
    01 April 2018
    31 March 2018
    30 March 2018
    24 March 2018
    23 March 2018
    18 March 2018
    17 March 2018
    16 March 2018
    10 March 2018
    09 March 2018
    03 March 2018
    02 March 2018
    24 February 2018
    23 February 2018
    17 February 2018

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts
    • Lions (Q)
    • Jaguares (wc)
    • Sharks (wc)
    • Stormers
    • Bulls

    Opinion Poll

    Who will win the 2018 Rugby Championships?

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.