A South African player has his sanction reduced on appeal at the IRB Junior World Championship 2013 in France.
Luan de Bruin (South Africa) – Appeal Hearing Outcome
South African player Luan de Bruin appeared before independent Appeal Officer, Tim Gresson (New Zealand), in Nantes on Saturday 15 June, to appeal against his four-match suspension imposed by Judicial Officer, Jean-Noël Couraud (France) for a dangerous lifting tackle contrary to Law 10.4(j) of the Laws of the Game. The incident occurred in his side's IRB Junior World Championship match against England, played at Stade Henri Desgrange in La Roche-sur-Yon on 9 June.
The player appealed against the finding of foul play by the Judicial Officer and also appealed against the sanction imposed.
In relation to the appeal against the finding of foul play, the Appeal Officer concluded that a combination of the actions of South African players numbers 3 and 4 caused England number 12 to be lifted, tipped and dropped to the ground. For this reason Luan de Bruin was not exonerated and the finding of foul play was upheld.
However in relation to the appeal against sanction, the Appeal Officer concluded that given the level of De Bruin's involvement in the incident and the compelling mitigating factors advanced on his behalf the sanction of four matches was wholly disproportionate. The Appeal Officer also noted that South Africa #4 was not cited.
Accordingly the sanction was reduced from four matches to one match. Having already served this one match suspension on 13 June, Luan de Bruin is free to play in his side's next match of the tournament on 18 June.
The full written decision of the hearing is available here.