A Perth club rugby player has received a near five-year suspension for deliberately running over a referee during a game in WA’s top league.
The Nine papers reported Rugby WA had handed down a 96-game ban, which will last almost five full seasons, to the unnamed player.
During a WA Rugby Premier Grade clash between Perth Bayswater and Associates, a player ran into and over referee Ian Sunderland from behind during play.
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The official believed at the time it was an accident but video and witness accounts saw the act determined to be deliberate, and the player was cited under World Rugby Law 9.28 for physical abuse of a Match Official.
The 96-week suspension is the largest possible penalty under World Rugby laws.
“RugbyWA can confirm the suspension of a Perth Bayswater Rugby Club player under the…