Blame it on the bogey: player banned for ‘clearing contents of nose’ at opponent

first_imgTwitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels news Since you’re here… Hide Share on Facebook Pro14 Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Was this helpful? Share on Messenger The panel, meanwhile, found: “The player’s actions are an act of foul play. They have no place in the game. This is not a case of over-exuberance, or an act which is within the rules of the game going awry.“It follows that by its nature this act is one that is deserving of punishment. It is contrary to the spirit of sport.“It is difficult to imagine how an act of foul play of this sort could be worse, save for repeated acts or where actual injury is caused.”The panel decided it was a red card offence with a top-end entry point of 26 weeks’ suspension, but they applied 50% mitigation in respect to Lee’s admission of facts and his clean disciplinary record.Lee has been suspended until 21 July, taking into account the rugby calendar for the rest of this season and domestic fixtures in South Africa. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on Twittercenter_img Share on LinkedIn Rugby union Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Pinterest Toyota Cheetahs centre Nico Lee has received a 13-week ban after he “cleared the contents of his nose” on to an opposition player’s face.Lee was cited following the incident, which happened during South Africa-based Cheetahs’ Guinness PRO14 game against Connacht in Galway last Saturday.He was reported under Law 9.27 – a player must not do anything that is against the spirit of good sportsmanship. A three-man disciplinary committee concluded that Lee had committed an intentional act of foul play.In a statement, Pro14 organisers said: “With regard to the offence, the player accepted that he had cleared the contents of his nose on to the face of an opposing player, thereby committing an act of foul play.” Reuse this content Thank you for your feedback. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Show Share via Emaillast_img read more