Strauss cops two-week ban
February 26, 2012
Andries Strauss has been hit with a two-week ban © Getty Images
Andries Strauss has been hit with a two-week ban after pleading guilty for making a dangerous hit during the Cheetahs' match with the Lions.
Centre Strauss tackled the Lions second-row Wikus van Heerden and was given a yellow card by referee Mark Lawerence - who also took the decision to hit him with a white card to open up the possibility of further disciplinary action.
As a result, Strauss faced a SANZAR disciplinary panel with their judicial officer Mike Heron establishing the following:
"The player is suspended from all forms of the game for a period of two weeks, to and including Sunday 11 March 2012 (meaning the player misses two scheduled Super Rugby matches).
"I considered the citing commissioners report, the report from the referee and the match footage. I received an informal medical report by text message, which suggested that the injured player [van Heerden] was unconscious on the field for a few minutes and sustained a concussion.
"A CT scan at the hospital did not show fractures or bleeding inside the head. The injured player was discharged from hospital with residual neurological symptoms assumed to be from bruising.
"I communicated with the player's manager and held a conference call with the player's representative (Mr Stephan Weyers). He confirmed the player wished to plead guilty to the citing and wanted to raise mitigating matters. He confirmed that the player had no previous disciplinary matters and that the player was very remorseful."
Strauss will miss the Cheetahs match with the Bulls next weekend and their next match at the Brumbies.
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