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Fiji Rugby Union Will Not Condone Any Form Of Violence

Rugby House will step in if Nawaka 7s tournament officials ruling on the alleged punching incident is not appropriate
01 Mar 2021 09:16
Fiji Rugby Union Will Not Condone Any Form Of Violence
Police White’s Watisoni Sevutia, throws a punch at Raiwasa Taveuni’s Manueli Maisamoa during the Cup quarterfinals of the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on February 27, 2021. Photo: Nawaka 7s

The Fiji Rugby Union will not condone any form of violence against players.

That was the comment of Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer, John O’Connor after an alleged punching incident involving Police White player, Watisoni Sevutia on Raiwasa Taveuni’s Manueli Maisamoa.

This triggered a brawl during the Cup quarterfinal of the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on Saturday.

Quick action by Police managed to defuse the situation.

O’Connor said yesterday that since FRU had sanctioned the tournament they’re going to wait for the tournament organisers to rule on the situation based on their tournament rules.

“Once that is done, we’ll see whether the penalty is appropriate on what had happened. If it’s not we’ll look into the situation to ensure that an appropriate penalty is given.”

O’Connor said they also reviewing the alleged punching incident.

“It’s disappointing that the incident involved Police White, who is one of the respected teams in the country.”

Video footage of the alleged punching incident had gone viral on social media with angry reactions from fans around the country.

It was alleged that Sevutia ran and punched Maisamoa from the back. He continued punching when Maisamoa fell to the ground.

O’Connor also pointed out the player who was allegedly punched also got the right to report the matter to Police.

Acting Police Commissioner, Rusiate Tudravu has also condemned the incident and assured that investigation had started and those responsible would be held accountable.

“I have suspended the Police White involvement in other 7s tournament until Investigation is done,” Tudravu said.

Raiwasa Taveuni player, Manueli Maisamoa, is escorted by a medical official at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on February 27, 2021.Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Raiwasa Taveuni player, Manueli Maisamoa, is escorted by a medical official at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, on February 27, 2021.Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Tournament coordinator Jeff Tamata said it was unfortunate that the incident happened.

“Also that it involved Police White since they are a very experienced team and had been prominent in the local rugby circles,” Tamata said.

Raiwasa Taveuni team manager, Seba Vulakoro, said the alleged action shown by the Police White player was unprofessional at the highest level.

“They are the Fiji Police Force team, people look up to them, they should uphold the law. I’ll be at the Fiji Rugby Union on Monday regarding this matter,” he told SUNsports yesterday.

Edited by Maika Bolatiki

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