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Malolo Wants Fair Hearing

The Malolo Rugby Union wants proper hearing after they were disqualified from playing Cakaudrove in the Telecom B-Division final last Saturday. Malolo RU president Tevita Sadrata said they have written
15 Sep 2014 10:54
Malolo Wants Fair Hearing
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The Malolo Rugby Union wants proper hearing after they were disqualified from playing Cakaudrove in the Telecom B-Division final last Saturday.

Malolo RU president Tevita Sadrata said they have written to the Fiji Rugby Union and are waiting a favourable response.

The FRU Judicial Officer ruled in favor of the Naitasiri North Bulls who protested that a few Malolo players were registered for two unions in a season without the approval of the Fiji Rugby Union.

“We wish to reveal our disappointment on the time taken before the hearing was conducted, the ruling laid by the Judicial Officer and the manner in which the trial was carried out and even relaying of  the decision to us,” Sadrata said.

“We believe the Judicial Officer has been misled and misinformed in many aspects and has therefore ruled according to incomplete information available.

“We are therefore demanding for a re-trial on the following grounds:

rHow can a ruling be made on the Rules and Regulations of a Competition that demands so much but yet fail to deliver on time only allowing our Malolo rugby team as well as the many B-Division teams the day before the first match of the B-Division 2014 to have access to? In addition there was no participation agreement signed by us prior to the competition;

– There is not even any  clear pre-competition procedures for your four (4) match Commissioners namely Viliame Kanatabua (Pool C), Penisoni Waki (Pool A), Joeli Tubu (Pool B), and Solo Finau (Pool D) on the grounds that your judicial officer have used to rule on the case put before him;

– We demand that proper hearing where at least the two (2) match commissioners concerned for their respective pools are to be present, Viliame Kanatabua from Pool C and Penisoni Waki for Pool A

“We have been assisted on many occasions by the Nadroga Rugby Union for development and proper player identification.

“We are a small union which has put in so much effort to grow and it is unfair to see all these fade in vain. We have done our part on our own understanding and efforts but without proper procedure and clear communication channel.

“We will never give in until a proper hearing wih attendance of all parties involved is accommodated.” Nadroga Rugby Union president Jiko Matawalu says they have supported Malolo which was one of the reasons, forced a close boycott to the BLK Nadroga – Suva HFC Farebrother challenge match last Saturday.

“We have supported both minor union both Malolo and Northern Bulls which is part of our development,” Matawalu said.

“We have cleared those Malolo players and we have proof.”

FRU media officer Talei Mow confirmed the games committee will meet and make a ruling today.

Matawalu said another reason for the 15 minutes delay to the match since FRU paid some amount for Nadroga for gatetaking accounted to the Skipper Cup semifinal and finals with the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge yet to be accounted for.

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