Border Bulldogs prop forward Lonwabo Mtimka has been suspended from all rugby for a year having been found guilty of a doping offence by a South African Rugby Union (SARU) disciplinary committee.
Rugby 365 reports that Mtimka tested positive for Salbutamol – a performance-enhancing stimulant – following a Currie Cup First Division match against the Leopards on August 9.
SARU Judicial Officers Advocate Jannie Lubbe (Chairman), Dr Shuaib Manjra and Attorney Willem Gaum heard the case by teleconference on Thursday.
Mtimka said in his defence that he had taken the substance by means of an asthma inhaler, which he has been using since 1992. He pleaded guilty to a charge of negligence for failing to submit a therapeutic use form recording his use of the substance.
He added that the absence of a team doctor with the Border Bulldogs had led to his neglect to complete and submit the necessary documentation.
In their judgement the committee pointed out that according to the regulations it was ultimately the player’s responsibility to record his use of therapeutic medications and to seek the necessary exemptions.
The sentence for doping offences is two years. However, that may be reduced by 50 percent if a committee takes the view that there is “no significant fault” on the part of the player. The committee accepted Mtimka’s plea of negligence and reduced the suspension to one year.
The player has ten days in which to appeal should he so wish.
Meanwhile a Welsh player has paid the ultimate price for his decision to take a mid-match snack on an opponent’s ear, when he was jailed for a “barbaric” attack on an opponent who lost a chunk of his ear in the on-field assault.
WalesOnline reports that Gareth Glyn Jones, 25, was sentenced to 12 months in prison after earlier being convicted of unlawful wounding by a jury at Cardiff Crown Court.
The victim, flank Daniel Hobbs, also 25, was playing for Whitchurch Thirds against Star RFC on December 15 last year and the game was only 10 minutes old.
Jones, of Picton Road, Rhoose, approached Hobbs after the Whitchurch player was impeded from taking a penalty.
Judge Stephen Hopkins said: “Following repeated professional fouls you confronted him [Hobbs] and held him by the upper arms and lent forward to whisper to him then deliberately bit the top left ear.
“He cried out.
“You repeated you had only punched him but you were arrested after the game.”
Hobbs needed more than 20 stitches to his injury, but, during the crown court trial, Jones denied the biting and said his opponent had instigated the violence.
Judge Hopkins QC said: “I’m satisfied this was deliberate biting, but not with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
“But this remains an appalling piece of gratuitous violence.
“The unprovoked, mindless and deliberate biting of an opponent in a rugby match can only be described as a barbaric act.
“You showed not a hint of remorse during the trial.”Tweet