Opany handed 12 week ban for referee abuse

Opany handed 12 week ban for referee abuse

A written judicial decision from the Kenya Rugby Union captures Opany’s fate and points out he was in breach of two clauses of World Rugby law 9.28 which states, “a. A player must not disrespect the authority of a Match Official and b. A player must not verbally abuse a Match Official.”

Northern Suburbs second row Tony Opany has been handed a 12 week ban by the Kenya Rugby Union as a result of his behavior following his sending off during his team’s KRU Championship 29-9 home defeat to Kisumu on Saturday 12 February 2022.

Opany, the Suburbs Vice Captain, was sent off for using abusive language towards center referee Jones Njulu after his team conceded a try.

A written judicial decision from the Kenya Rugby Union captures Opany’s fate and points out he was in breach of two clauses of World Rugby law 9.28 which states, “a. A player must not disrespect the authority of a Match Official and b. A player must not verbally abuse a Match Official.”

He was given a four week sanction for the first breach and a twelve week sanction for the second breach, making for a cumulative total of sixteen weeks but will serve twelve weeks as the sanctions run concurrently.

His sanction, which was confirmed on 16 February takes effect from 19 February and will see him miss the next four rounds of the KRU Championship as well as any other official matches in the KRU calendar involving his side

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