Mwamba RFC forward Horace Otieno Owiti has been banned from all rugby activities for the next four weeks for insulting a match official during the Kabeberi 7s match against Nondescript.
According to the match officials report, the former Kenya 7s star tackled an opponent in an offside position and the referee award a penalty the offence and after the match Otieno approached the referee and refereed to him as ‘Mshenzi’.
The player was charged before the Independent Disciplinary committee and after hearing from the both parties, the Judicial team found him to be in breach of the World Rugby regulation 20b hence banning him for four weeks.
“The Person is suspended from all Rugby activity for a period of 4 weeks, effective from the date of this decision. The suspension is in line with the player’s schedule. He will, therefore be suspended in line with the player’s schedule and will miss the remainder of the National Sevens Circuit (i.e. the “Prinsloo” 7s Tournament in Nakuru, the “Sepetuka” 7s Tournament in Eldoret, the “Dala” 7s Tournament in Kisumu and the “Christie” 7s Tournament in Nairobi). No award was made as to costs, read part of the judgment.
The play has a chance to appeal the the decision.
According to the world rugby regulation 20, Adherence to the Laws of the Game, Regulations Relating the Game and the spirit of fair play remains fundamental to the proper
administration and preservation of the Game in the modern era. Accordingly,a general obligation arises on all stakeholders to address Misconduct matter within their jurisdictions to ensure that discipline, control, honesty and mutual respect which are fundamental to the integrity of the Game are preserved.
This Regulation 20 sets out a harmonized approach to the administration of discipline and the implementation of sanctions for Misconduct at all levels of the Game. The administration of this Regulation shall be carried out on behalf of World Rugby by the Disciplinary Officer in consultation with World Rugby.