Griquas hooker in the clear

Date published: October 17 2014

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Griquas hooker Ryno Barnes was cleared after he was sent off for allegedly abusing the referee in last weekend’s clash with the Bulls.

Griquas hooker Ryno Barnes was cleared of wrongdoing after receiving a red card for allegedly abusing the referee in last weekend’s clash with the Blue Bulls.

Barnes appeared before a SARU disciplinary committee in Kimberley on Thursday after being cited for breaching Law 10.4 (m) and (s).

Law 10.4 (m) states that a player must not do anything that is against the spirit of good sportsmanship in the playing enclosure, while Law 10.4 (s) states that all players must respect the authority of the referee and must not dispute the referee’s decisions.

The judicial officer, Advocate Pieter Fischer, reserved his judgement following the hearing on Thursday, but cleared the player of wrongdoing in his written verdict on Friday.

As a result the red card was expunged from Barnes’ record.

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