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    Posted: 18-Nov-2021 at 8:29am
ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE INDEPENDENT MISCONDUCT COMMITTEE

An independent misconduct committee has found that behaviour displayed by SA Rugby Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus towards match officials during this year’s test series between South Africa and the British and Irish Lions constituted misconduct.

The committee was chaired by Christopher Quinlan QC, together with Nigel Hampton QC and Judge Mike Mika (both New Zealand).

Six charges were brought by World Rugby against Rassie Erasmus for various breaches of World Rugby Regulation 18 and World Rugby’s Code of Conduct. The charges in summary were that Mr Erasmus:

threatened a match official that unless a requested meeting took place, he would publish footage containing clips criticising the match official’s performance and then making good on that threat; published or permitted to be published the Erasmus Video containing numerous comments that were either abusive, insulting and/or offensive to match officials;
attacked, disparaged and/or denigrated the game and the match officials;
did not accept or observe the authority and decisions of match officials;
published or caused to be published criticism of the manner in which a match official handled a match;
engaged in conduct or activity that may impair public confidence in the integrity and good character of match official(s); and
brought the game into disrepute when he published or caused to be published the Erasmus Video.
Having considered all the evidence, including oral evidence from the match officials, Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby, World Rugby, and submissions from the parties the committee found all six charges against Mr Erasmus proved.  

Two charges were brought by World Rugby against SA Rugby in accordance with World Rugby Regulation 18 and the World Rugby Code of Conduct. In summary, the charges were that SA Rugby:

did not ensure that Rassie Erasmus complied with the World Rugby Code of Conduct and/or permitted Mr Erasmus to commit acts of misconduct; and/or did not publicly correct any comments or publications by or on behalf of Mr Erasmus that amounted to misconduct; and
permitted and/or did not prevent Siya Kolisi and Mzwandile Stick to make comments at a press conference on 30 July, 2021 that were not disciplined or sporting and adversely affected the game of rugby; and/or did not publicly correct any such comments so as adversely affected the game of rugby.
Having considered all the evidence, including oral evidence from the match officials, Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby, World Rugby, and submissions from the parties, the committee found the first charge against SA Rugby proved.

Having considered submissions on behalf of both parties in respect of sanction, the independent committee decided on the following:

Rassie Erasmus
Suspension with immediate effect from all rugby activities for two months
Suspension from all match-day activities (including coaching, contact with match officials, and media engagement) with immediate effect until 30 September, 2022
A warning as to his future conduct and an apology to the relevant match officials.

SA Rugby
A fine of £20,000
A warning as to future conduct and an apology to the relevant match officials
The parties have seven days to appeal from receipt of the full written decision. 
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Belaglik. Afrigters het vir heeltemal te lank al net die ander wang gedraai as dit kom by swak skeidsregters, wat net bly wegkom met partydigheid. Die redenasie dat die video indruis teen die etos van die spel, is ook bog, aangesien rugby, 'n professionele, kommersiele sport is, wat deur geld gedryf word, en nie deur etos, soos 'n amateur sport nie. In Amateur sport is die ergste wat kan gebeur as n skeidsregter droogmaak, dat die verkeerde span n wedstryd wen of verloor, wat slegs van akademiese belang is, terwyl in professionele sport is daar baie geld, loopbane, borgskappe ens. op die spel.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote valie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-Nov-2021 at 10:53am
Ek stem saam dat skeidsregters nie aan sulke goed behoort blootgestel te word nie, maar dan moet hulle beter blaas, of dan ten minste die tegnologie ordentlik gebruik. Dieselfde geld vir lynregters.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Blou Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-Nov-2021 at 12:49pm
Wereld rugby behoort na elke wesstryd 'n review te he van hoe die skeidsregter geblaas het, en dalk self 'n report vrystel.

Dan weet mens ten minste waar jy staan, en skeidsregters leer uit hul foute.
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As afrigters en spelers toegelaat word om so op te tree teen wedstryd beamptes gaan rugby soos sokker raak waar spelers en afrigters heel tyd op beamptes skree.
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Ek voel die manier hoe Rassie dit probeer openbaar het voel ek ook was nie helemal reg nie maar daar moet opgetree word teen n skeidsregter wat wedstryde na wedstryd aanjaag want die is n professionele sport spanne verloor borge om op sulke maniere te verloor en wedstryde bonusse, ens so daar moet teen skeidsregters ook oogetree word voel ek want as ek by n plek werk en ek kan aanjaag en ek kom niks oor nie gaan daar mos nie druk wees om minder aan te jaag nie so daar moet n middelpunt gevind word optree teen rassie was reg maar dan moet daar nou teen skeidsregters ook opgetree word as hulle blatante foute mis en dit na eenkant toe
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Dis 'n moeilike een. Aan die een kant stem ek saam dat afrigters en spelers nie skeidsregters kan slegse soos hul wil nie. Maar aan die ander kant kan skeidsregters nie nie bly wegkruip agter wereld rugby na elke k*k vertoning nie. Soos genoem, dis 'n professionele sport en hulle moet ook pa staan vir slegte vertonings. Spelers word na elke wedstryd gerate en gepos as hul sleg speel, selfde geld vir afrigters wat nie perform nie. Maar skeidsregters mag nie gekritiseer word nie en hou maar net aan blaas?
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Stem 100% as 'n skeidsregter so baie reels verkeerd kry hoort hy defnitief nie op internationale vlak. 
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