Mombasa centre Chrisant Ojwang’ is set to serve a four week ban after being found guilty of striking his opponent with a fist during their rescheduled KRU Championship clash against USIU played at Mombasa Sports Club early in February.
The centre was red carded with the referee noting that he pulled back his opponent and hit him on the head with a fist. The referee’s report added that the player who was hit fell down and could not continue with the game.
Ojwang was charged under World rugby Law 9.12 which states, “A player must not strike an opponent with the hand, arm or fist, including the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s).”
He admitted to have struck his opponent but insisted he did not use his fist. The panel categorised the offence as mid-range hence cutting down the period of the ban to four weeks.
“The Judicial Panel categorised 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,” reads the judgement.
“In accordance with the R.17.19.10 and in line with the player’s schedule, he will serve
suspension from 27th February 2020 inclusive of provisional suspension imposed upon
receiving the red card and delays resulting in postponement of the hearing,” the statement further read.
The player has a chance to appeal the decision in 24 hours. Meanwhile Mean Machine’s Zack Ondijo has been handed a five week ban following his red card for kicking an opponent in the head during his side’s KRU Championship clash against Catholic Monks on 22 February 2020.
Ondijo was charged under World Rugby Law 9.11 which states “Players must not do anything that is reckless or dangerous to others.”
Due to the fact that he also has a good discipline record since his school days his ban was slashed by by three weeks meaning he will only serve the five weeks.