Banned Sharks to have wages docked

Date published: April 16 2015

The Sharks board of directors has decided to take a hard line when dealing with players who are suspended for foul play.

Having been on the receiving end of three red and three yellow cards already this season, the Durban side's disciplinary record has left much to be desired.

The leadership at Kings Park have responded by looking to punish irresponsible offenders, by hitting them in the pocket.

Springboks Bismarck du Plessis (four weeks), Frans Steyn (five weeks) and Jean Deysel (seven weeks) are all currently serving bans for foul play.

"We have decided that going forward there must be a policy of ‘no pay for no play’ should a player be suspended for foul play," Board chairman Stephen Saad told The Mercury, adding that the executive management felt that the simple suspensions handed out by SANZAR were inadequate.

Saad explained that accepting the new policy would be a prerequisite in future player contracts but that the current players would have to agree to have the additional clause added to their deals.

"The Sharks Board agree that red cards and dirty play cannot be condoned and it is unacceptable that this behaviour be associated with the Sharks brand," he said.

Saad added that the board had taken legal advice before introducing the new censure and believed the it would have the "necessary teeth."