Sharks rugby coach Dick Muir’s immediate remorse after his recent outburst at Ellis Park has saved him from the wrath of Sanzar’s disciplinary committee.
Liam Del Carme writes in Beeld that Johan Botes, Sanzar’s South African tournament director, said on Monday the matter had come to a dead end because there had not been an official complaint from Gabriel Pappas.
Pappas was the official timekeeper during the recent Super 14 match between the Sharks and the Lions when Bismarck du Plessis was not allowed to return to action after receiving treatment for a cut.
Pappas ruled that the Sharks forward had exceeded the time permitted for an injured player to return.
This upset Muir, who went to the press box where Pappas was sitting and made certain comments, calling the official “a cheat” in front of members of the news media.
Muir apologised after the match.
Botes said he and Jonathan Stones, chief executive of SA Rugby, has investigated the matter and had recommended to Sanzar, the controlling body for South African, Australian and New Zealand rugby, that a disciplinary hearing be held.
“We felt he (Muir) had contravened the code of conduct,” Botes said.
No official complaint had been received
“Tim Gresson, chairperson of Sanzar’s disciplinary committee, said there could be no disciplinary hearing because no official complaint had been received.
“We then asked whether a recommendation was not a complaint but he said it was not,” Botes said, adding that he then tried to take the matter further.
“I rang Pappas and asked whether he wanted to lay an official complaint. He said Muir had apologised to him after the match and as far as he was concerned the matter was closed.”
The incident cannot be referred any further but Botes feels Sanzar should issue clearer guidelines.
“Sanzar’s three tournament directors will hold a teleconference on Wednesday and one of the points on the agenda is what we have to do in instances of this nature,” Botes said.
He said the punishment former Reds coach Eddie Jones had received after an outburst towards Matt Goddard was not in the same category.
Jones blasted the referee in the tunnel to the dressing rooms after a match and Goddard laid a complaint. In Muir’s case there was no complaint.Tweet