Rugby: Chisholm must face judiciary

By Peter White


Controversial player Simon Chisholm is back in front of the BOP Rugby Union judiciary after he was cited following an incident in the Baywide premier match between Te Puke Sports and Rotoiti at Te Puke on Saturday.

The alleged incident was not reported by the three match officials but was seen by spectators, one of whom cited Chisholm.

Chisholm will appear in front of the judicial committee tomorrow night.

He is only three weeks back from a five-week suspension after he was sent off for punching against Tauranga Sports on April 27.

He hit the headlines last year after he was assaulted in a game against Te Puna that left him in hospital and his assailant facing a criminal conviction. He spent several months recovering from the head injury and was forthright in the media with his views on violence in sport.

The player injured in the incident on Saturday was former Ponsonby captain Joe Royal, who was recently employed by the BOP Rugby Union as a regional rugby administrator for the Central Bay of Plenty.

BOP Rugby chief executive Mike Rogers said the union received a citing regarding Chisholm that had gone through its citings review officer.

"If it is factual then it is disappointing but I don't get involved in judicial. It is totally independent so I don't know all the facts," Rogers said.

"The key thing is if there are eye witnesses then they should come forward to the union through the judiciary because without video footage it is generally a 'he said, she said' scenario. Any information we can gather is certainly going to help the judicial committee make a good informed decision.

"[Chisholm] certainly was not red carded or yellow carded for any alleged incident so I don't think anything was seen by the officials.

"Joe Royal was the individual injured and I have seen his face and it is not fantastic. But certainly it was not as bad as originally thought ... it was more lacerations. But it is still not acceptable if it was foul play. There is no place for it in our game."

Chisholm refused to comment last night.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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