Steyn takes appeal to Swiss court

Date published: April 1 2015


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In an unprecedented move, Francois Steyn has flown to Switzerland for an emergency meeting with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.

The last ditch effort to appeal his ban comes after the SANZAR Appeals Committee allowed an appeal by SANZAR against the verdict of the initial SANZAR judicial hearing that cleared the utility back of a tip-tackle.

Since there is no sporting body that can out-muscle SANZAR in the southern hemisphere, the former Springbok has looked north to CAS in the hope of overturning the decision. 

Steyn, who will be accompanied by du Plessis brothers Bismark and Jannie on the mission, is set to meet with CAS Head of Arbitration William Sternheimer and Secretary General Miguel Abelairas at the CAS Headquarters in Lausanne on Friday.

Jannie du Plessis, who normally plies his trade as a doctor, will be acting as the 27-year-old's lawyer.

The news of the noble quest has captured the rugby universe, leading to the creation of the 'Free Francois Steyn' Facebook page, which had over 9000 likes at the time of writing.

The Twitterverse has also exploded, with #FFS trending in the Swiss capital and back in South Africa.