Pirates have lodged an appeal with the Nile Special League Committee seeking to overturn Ivan Magomu’s suspension.
Magomu was shown a straight red card by referee Dennis Anguyo during Pirates’ game against Kobs last Saturday. A red card attracts a one-match suspension.
Pirates lost the highly-charged game 23-8 and Magomu will miss his team’s encounter with Rams on Saturday if the appeal is dismissed. Magomu earned marching orders late in the second half after he was tackled by Kobs’ Ramathan Govule.
He tried to complain to the referee seeking to have Govule punished for the tackle. Anguyo instead awarded Kobs a penalty as Magomu confronted the referee before finding his way off the pitch.
“We handed in our appeal on Monday. We are just waiting for communication from the League Committee,” Pirates secretary Mike Ndiema told Daily Monitor.
According to rugby rules, Magomu’s actions could have at most earned him a straight sin bin (yellow card) and a penalty but not a red card. Robert Bwali, the referees’ manager, who is also part of the League Committee and was the match commissioner when the incident occurred, confirmed that they had received Pirates’ appeal.
“We shall respond immediately after meeting,” he said. Pirates are third on the table with 25 points behind leaders Kobs (34) and Heathens (30).