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Horwill to face misconduct charge

23rd May 2014 07:54

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In the dock: James Horwill

Reds captain James Horwill will face a SANZAR judicial hearing for comments made after his side's loss to the Rebels in Brisbane last weekend.

SANZAR has completed an investigation into comments made by Horwill in an on-field post-match interview following the match played at Suncorp Stadium on 17 May 2014.

The comment in question attributed to Horwill is: "In the end, once again we were robbed by a stupid refereeing decision."

SANZAR has referred the matter for a hearing in accordance with SANZAR's Disciplinary Rules.

In bringing this complaint, SANZAR will allege that the comment made by Horwill amount to Misconduct under Rule 10 of the SANZAR Disciplinary Rules and breaches the SANZAR Code of Conduct Section 8.3 (3) of the Super Rugby Tournament Manual, which reads as follows:

Section 8.3 (e) "All persons shall not publish or cause to be published criticism of the manner in which a Match Official handled a match."

The matter will be heard by SANZAR Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton via teleconference on Tuesday 27 May 2014: 5:30pm (AEST), 7:30pm (NZST), 9:30am (SAST).

SANZAR will be making no further comment until this process has been completed.

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