Kabras fly-half Jone Kubu has been issued with a warning following an offence in the Charity Cup match against Kenya Harlequins on Saturday.
According to a Citing Commissioner’s warning, the referee missed the incident where the Fijian was allegedly seen on video evidence driving his knee towards Quins scrum-half resulting in a contact with the head.
The Commission was considering full citing of the player but after reviewing the available video evidence from one angle, the evidence does not warrant a red card though it was dangerous.
“The Incident whilst dangerous, it did not meet the red card threshold due to the level of force that is observed on video was inadequate to qualify the incident for full citing,” reads part of the statement by Citing Commissioner Charles Mbogo.
“As a result, I issue a citing commissioner warning to Kabras 10 for dangerous play by striking with the knee contrary to law 9.12” the statement further reads.
With the offence not warranting a red card, Kubu will escape punishment, meaning he will be available for the Kenya Cup opener.
The player is free to challenge the Citing Commissioner warning within 48 hours by giving notice to the designated disciplinary Official and, ordinarily, specifying reasons.
A Citing Commissioner Warning (CCW) is a significant sanction for players and teams. In regard to individual players, a CCW has the same effect as an on-field Yellow Card. Any combination of three Yellow Cards or CCW’s in a tournament requires a hearing and similarly, any combination of two Yellow Cards or CCW’s in a single game also requires a hearing.