Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Monday Aug 31, 2020

Rising Fijian teen faces criminal charges and lifetime ban for punching referee

Rising Fijian teen faces criminal charges and lifetime ban for punching referee

An ugly incident has sent shockwaves through Fijian rugby. 19-year-old Keresi Maya was questioned by police after he punched the referee during a Skipper Cup U19 match against Tailevu in Nausori, Fiji. The teen is now facing charges and a potential ban from the sport.

ADVERTISEMENT

Maya can be seen in the video punching referee Peni Talemaivavalagi, then having to be pulled away by a teammate after Talemaivavalagi hits the ground. Maya has now been charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm and granted bail.

Fiji Rugby Union operations manager Sale Sorovaki said “There is no excuse for such behaviour and the law clearly states that the offender will be banned for life from rugby.”

Speaking of the incident, Maya Sr. has issued an emotional apology on behalf of the family.

“I’m really saddened by this and again I beg everyone, especially the referee Peni and his family if my Yaca can be forgiven for what he has done… Please forgive Yaca, he is a young player and has a long way to go in rugby.”

Maya had recently signed with NRL club Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on a three-year contract but had to return to Fiji due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of now, the Fiji Rugby Union has yet to make a decision on the matter.

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing...

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    The 'double ruffle' splits opinion with fans...

  • 19 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Aaron Smith left red faced as speedy opposite number steals a bullet behind the line

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: Every Louis Rees-Zammit try in the Premiership so far

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Toulouse run the length to score awesome late try in Top 14 classic

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Wallabies legend Ashley-Cooper shows class in MLR with cheeky shoulder pass

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Hogg collects his own 60-metre spiral kick to score amazing solo try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Prop suspended for 3 weeks after flying shoulder makes contact square in the face

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Aaron Smith's captain's referral turned down after swinging arm collision

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: 19-year-old is barely a speed bump for fearsome Fijian number eight

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: South African sevens icon Afrika done for clear cheating on Robshaw MLR debut

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Powerhouse Tongan Thor leaves opposition on his arse with HUGE handoff

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: JP Doyle puts MLR players in their place with authoritative return to refereeing

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    The most iconic pieces of rugby commentary in brilliant 7-minute montage

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    'It's part of our culture' says Haka performing South African university team

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Petrus du Plessis video of son's dominant scrum shows signs of potential future star

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Over $450 million loss for South Africa's economy if the Lions tour happens without fans

View All

Funnies

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: JP Doyle puts MLR players in their place with authoritative return to refereeing

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Comedy gold as close range 'falcon' gifts Brumbies try in Super Rugby AU match

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Lions coaching staff announcement elicits some amused responses from fans

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Comedy gold as Toronto lock attempts clearance kick in MLR match featuring Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

View All

Amateur

  • 24 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 61 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
Rising Fijian teen faces criminal charges and lifetime ban for punching referee | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos