FRU To Decide On Player’s Penalty

We still have to decide on that, we really are just focusing on the players that committed the foul play, suspension -that is the decision by the commissioner,
02 Mar 2021 12:30
FRU To Decide On Player’s Penalty
Action from the Police White and Yamacia during the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s at Prince Charles Park,Nadi, on February 27, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Fiji Rugby Union will have to review relevant documents before penalising players involved in a brawl during the Nawaka 7s last weekend.

The brawl erupted when Police White player, Watisoni Sevutia, allegedly punched Raiwasa Taveuni’s Manueli Maisamoa.

The acting Commissioner for the Fiji Police Force, Rusiate Tudravu, suspended the Police White team from participating in any 7s tournaments until investigations are complete, following the incident.

The Police White team is one of the top four teams participating in the FRU’s Super 7s Series.

However, Fiji Rugby Union manager operations Sale Sorovaki, said they had not made a decision yet.

“We still have to decide on that, we really are just focusing on the players that committed the foul play, suspension -that is the decision by the commissioner,” he said.

“But from our end, we still have to talk about the decision that we will have to take.

“We are not looking at the team, but the individual players involved.

“That’s from their professional end as an organisation, but for rugby we still have to make a ruling on the decisn on the players as rugby players.

“We still reviewing the match commissioners report, the videos and there are still more documents we are waiting for the Nawaka officials to provide for us.”

While FRU condemns any form of violence, Sorovaki indicated it was a reality.

“From our end we want to make sure to keep the discipline law, it has painted a realistic picture of what’s happening on the ground.

“While we are winning tournaments and the Olympics, but the reality on the ground paints something else, we need to get rid of that,” Sorovaki added.

Nawaka 7s tournament coordinator, Jeff Tamata, said that it was unfortunate that it happened in their tournament.

“We have forwarded every document and the match commissioner’s report to Fiji Rugby Union,” he said.

“We have put our recommendation from the match commissioner of that game and now it is with FRU.

“The governing body will decide, the FRU and the match commissioner is coming up with an agreement for the penalty that will be given.

“FRU will give the penalty after reviewing our match commissioner’s report.

“From me, that happens in the game of rugby, it’s just unfortunate that it happened in our tournament, and that it one thing we are trying our very best to cut down.

“It was a show of the moment, it just went out of control due to the high intensity of the game.

“It was a high intense game, so right now we are coming down and we need to cut off this now.”

Raiwasa Taveuni manager Seba Vulakoro, had refused to lodge any formal complaint to the Fiji Police Force.

He indicated that most incidents were part of the game of rugby, yet unprofessional.

“No we are not going to lodge any formal complaints or any police report,” he said.

“We want to showcase good sportsmanship, we understand that Sevutia has a family and we forgive what he had done to Manueli Maisamoa.

“I know the Fiji Police Force is investigating this incident, so we will let them get to the bottom of their investigation giving the relevant penalty,” he added.

Meanwhile the third leg of the Super 7s Series will be held at Ratu Ganilau park in Savusavu on March 19-20.

Both the Raiwasa Taveuni and Police White are part of the series.



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