Shamas Foundation winger Victor Rogena is set to serve a four-week ban after being found guilty of striking his Kenya Harlequins counterpart in a Mwamba Cup round of 16 clash held at RFUEA Grounds.
The player struck his opponent with an open fist below the chin at the 75th minute as the latter attempted to retrieve the ball which was already in touch. The incident prompted centre referee Brian Nyakundi to dish out a red card.
According to the Kenya Rugby Union Judicial Panel, the player committed a mid-range offence hence the ban. He is expected to be out of action until 15 March 2020 and the ban will also stand during Nationwide playoffs, Mwamba Cup and Great Rift 10’s.
“The Judicial Panel categorized the act as a mid-range offence on the scale of seriousness and having considered aggravating and mitigating circumstances imposed upon the player a four (4) week suspension. In accordance with the R.17.19.10 and in line with the player’s schedule, he will serve a suspension from 12 February, 2020,” reads part of the ruling.
“Due to the nature of the playing schedule and in view of the competitions entering knock out stages, the sanction shall carry on as per R.17.19.10.
“No award was made as to costs.”
Rogena in his defence stated that he tackled the opposing winger before another player from the opposing player punched him on the neck. He responded by pushing the chin of the player that had punched him.