Pumas flank Matera off the hook
Thu, 29 Aug 2013 08:42
The judicial officer was not satisfied on the balance of probabilities that there was contact with the eyes
A SANZAR judicial hearing has found Pumas flank Pablo Matera not guilty of eye gouging Springbok counterpart Francois Louw.
Matera was cited for of contravening Law 10.4 (m) Acts contrary to good sportsmanship during the match between Argentina and South Africa in Mendoza.
The SANZAR judicial hearing was held before judicial officer Terry Willis via video conference with the assistance of former professional player Paul Thomson from New Zealand.
After hearing the evidence of an eye specialist, Dr Michael Delaney and the evidence of Louw from South Africa, together with that of Matera, the judicial officer was not satisfied on the balance of probabilities that there was contact with the eyes or eye gouging such as to constitute a breach of the laws of the game of rugby. Accordingly, the citing complaint was dismissed.
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