Nakuru RFC backrower Edwin Anunda has been handed a ten-week ban for kicking an opponent in retaliation during an Eric Shirley Shield clash against Kenya Harlequin on 22 February 2020.
Anunda appeared before the KRU Judicial Panel via video conference after he was Red Carded by Referee Mercy Dudi for “punching an opponent on the face and kicking him on the chest” during their 43-17 win over Quins.
According to the panel report, player admitted the offence stating that he acted in retaliation. He says in the process of scoring a try in the second half he was kicked by an opponent.
The Loose forward went on to inform the referee of the incident but minutes later the same opponent tackled him and slammed him down. He responded by throwing a punch and kicked him.
The Judicial Panel found the automatic one-match suspension imposed for the Red Card against the player as insufficient and warranted further sanction. They resolved to hand him a 10-week ban.
“The Panel considered the two sanctions for punching and kicking respectively and applied the top-entry point of the latter, which according to World Rugby Sanctions Table (Regulation.17.9.12), carries a minimum twelve-match suspension,” reads a statement by the panel.
“Having considered aggravating and mitigating factors, the Panel reduced the twelve match entry point by two matches, resulting in a sanction of ten matches effective from 26 Feb 2020,” he added.
The player will remain suspended during Mwamba Cup, Enterprise Cup and Great Rift 10s.