Rugby Referee Assault - Sth Africa v New Zealand

Discussion in 'Referee' started by Craig the Aussie, Aug 11, 2002.

  1. Craig the Aussie

    Craig the Aussie New Member

    May 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Did anyone see the assult by a spectator on the Irish ref in charge of the Sth Africa v NZ rugby international in Durban?

    The spectator (who was very big) crash tacked the ref then tried to strangle him. The ref got a dislocated shoulder and had to be replaced, and I believe the assailant has been charged with grievous bodily harm.

    The interesting thing was the way that the players jumped in and started bashing into the spectator. Violent conduct? Maybe, but I would hope players would do it for me.
  2. condor11

    condor11 Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2002
    New Zealand
    yeah i saw it i was hoping jonah would come on and give him a real pounding

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