Bothma banned for four weeks

Date published: March 20 2017

Bulls flanker Renaldo Bothma has been banned for four weeks for foul play during the Super Rugby match against the Sunwolves over the weekend.

The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee has accepted a guilty plea from Bothma for contravening Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an opponent, after he was red carded during the match.

Bothma has been suspended up to and including Saturday 15 April 2017.

He made contact with Sunwolves player Ed Quirk during the match which the Bulls won 34-21 at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria on Friday.

The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Nigel Hampton (chairman), Stefan Terblanche and Stephen Hardy assessed the case.

In his finding, Hampton 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, Adrian Montzinger, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the red-carding of the Player under Law 10.4(e) Dangerous tackling of an opponent.”

“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid range entry point of 6 weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s early admission of guilt and his remorse for his actions, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension by 2 weeks.”

“The player is therefore suspended for four weeks, up to and including Saturday 15 April 2017.”

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