Josephian rugby star Maduranga handed two-year ban | Daily News


Josephian rugby star Maduranga handed two-year ban

St. Joseph’s centre three quarter Tharindu Maduranga has been slapped a two-year ban from the sport after being found guilty of assaulting referee Priyantha Gunaratne following the inter-school league rugby match against Royal on Saturday.

However, Josephian fly-half Santhush Algama was warned and discharged after an inquiry held yesterday by the disciplinary committee of the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) headed by its president Ranjith Chandrasekera.

The two Josephian players were cited for allegedly man-handling the referee in the report submitted by Referees’ Manager of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Referees Society (SLRFRS) Anil Jayasinghe to SLSRFA following the incident.

Algama in a statement pleaded his innocence saying that he went to assist the referee and held him from behind and not by the collar. Taking into account his past record of not being issued a yellow card ever in his career, Algama was let off with a severe reprimand.

World Rugby sanctions related to Foul Play (Regulation 17) specifically 9.28 where ‘A player must not physically abuse Match Officials’ range from Low-end: 24 weeks, Mid-range: 48 weeks, Top-end: 96+ weeks and Max: Life.

Maduranga’s violent conduct in the aftermath of St. Joseph’s loss to Royal, is considered a top-end offence hence the two-year ban. He has 14 days to appeal the decision which has not been officially conveyed to the SLRFRS, according to its president Nizam Jamaldeen.

“We will study the report at a committee meeting and decide on the next course of action,” said Jamaldeen.

President’s trophy

Meanwhile, St. Joseph’s and Isipathana may also consider withdrawing from the President’s trophy knockout tournament which has been reduced to six teams due to the non-participation of Royal and S. Thomas’. Most players are unwilling to commit themselves to play rugby with the G.C.E. (A/L) exams only a few weeks away.

“It is not a matter of playing for trophies but education takes priority over sports. When schoolchildren are preparing for exams, how can we force anyone to play rugby,” said a parent. “The SLSRFA seem to forget the fact that the school rugby season got extended by two months because of the April 21 attacks.”

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