Saru bars club for 15 years

SA RUGBY Union president Oregan Hoskins yesterday praised the South Western Districts Rugby Football Union for their strong action in suspending a club found guilty of violent behaviour for 15 years.

SA RUGBY Union president Oregan Hoskins yesterday praised the South Western Districts Rugby Football Union for their strong action in suspending a club found guilty of violent behaviour for 15 years.

The Heidelberg Club was suspended after an incident earlier this month during which the club's supporters invaded the field to attack the players of the Mossel Bay Rugby Club.

"I applaud the union for their strong action and the clear message they have sent to clubs - not just under their jurisdiction, but across the country," Hoskins said.

"The implications for the Heidelberg Club are obviously very serious indeed and I have sympathy for those hard-working officials and members who had no part in this incident.

"But a club has to take responsibility for the actions of its members and players."

Hoskins also commended the Golden Lions Rugby Union for their approach to the disciplinary case involving the Eldoronians and Wanderers clubs.

The teams were involved in a match that was abandoned in the second half amid allegations of violent conduct and racism.

"These cases can lead to accusations of bias and unfairness but the Lions' decision will ensure that the public will have the full facts." - Sapa

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