Red Card for Bulls’ Schalk Brits

Schalk Brits Speaking his mind on SANZAAR’s judicial process could cost R100k

An Afrikaans newspaper reported on Sunday that SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere’s rugby governing body, had written a letter to the Bulls to inform the franchise that they looked into Brits’ comments and a decision was made to charge the hooker for bringing Super Rugby and the governing body into disrepute with his remarks.

Brits were slapped with a four-game suspension after his appeal failed following a SANZAAR ban for a red card received against the Sharks in Durban earlier in the season.

After returning to action last week, Brits said: “I think going forward there need to be changes made as to how they apply rules.

“Sometimes you feel that‚ ‘How can a guy in Australia get two weeks and a guy in South Africa get four weeks?’ As a rugby player‚, I feel that we get the short end of the stick a lot of times in South Africa. I really think they need to reassess the process.

“You are penalising me for a record that I got four years ago. Do I think that is fair? Maybe not‚ but it happened and I can’t do anything about it now. But I did ask them to have a proper look at it. Rugby is a fair game and if you look at the incident from beginning to the end‚ their outcome should not have been what it was – but I made peace with it quickly.”

Rapport added that SANZAAR believes Brits breached of the competition’s code of conduct, damaged the event’s high-standing disciplinary processes and violated the rule that players and coaches cannot criticise the decisions of match-day and/or disciplinary officials.

Source: RAPPORT: See Original Article here

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