Monday, July 06, 2009
British & Irish Lions lock Simon Shaw has been suspended for two weeks following the third and final Test against South Africa at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Shaw, whos had a fantastic tour at the age of 35, clumbsily fell with his knees into the back on Springbok scrumhalf Fourie Du Preez.
Assistant Referee Vinny Munroe recommended a yellow card to Ref Stuart Dickinson. Shaw spent ten minutes on the sideline.
The England second rower appeared before judicial officer Alan Hudson at a hearing on Sunday and was found guilty of dangerous play. Incidentally, Hudson is the same official who was involved in both the Schalk Burger, and Bakkies Botha suspensions.
With the Lions tour over and the domestic season not due to start until August, Shaws ban will commence on 9 August and finish on 22 August.
While many will feel that a yellow card was sufficient punishment, Shaws dangerous knee into the back caused pain and discomfort to Du Preez, who stayed on but struggled, and was later replaced by Ruan Pienaar.
The precedent seems to have been set, as judiciary officers appear to now be taking the outcome of misdemeanours into account.
Simon Shaw red carded for knee in back in 2004