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Burger and Botha cited for foul play

28/06/2009 06:43:07 AM Comments (0)

South Africa's Schalk Burger and Bakkies Botha have been cited for foul play during the Springboks' series-clinching victory over the British and Irish Lions and will appear at a disciplinary hearing on Sunday.

Making his 50th appearance for the Boks, flank forward Burger was cited after allegedly gouging the eyes of Lions wing Luke Fitzgerald in the first minute of Saturday's match, which South Africa won 28-25 at Loftus Versfeld.

Burger was shown a yellow card for the offence by French referee Christophe Berdos and sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes.

Second row Botha was cited for dangerously charging Lions prop Adam Jones in the fourth minute of the second half.

The incident left Jones with a suspected broken arm and leaving the Lions unable to contest scrums after fellow prop Gethin Jenkins was forced off the field with a suspected broken cheekbone after colliding with Bryan Habana.

Both players will appear before Judicial Officer Alan Hudson of Canada in Pretoria on Sunday. If the cases are proved, both are expected to miss next Saturday's third test.

Burger, who faces the more serious charge, is likely to receive a lengthy ban.

Ireland forward Alan Quinlan, who was named for the Lions tour, was ruled out after he was suspended for 12 weeks for a similar offence in the European Cup.

Springboks coach Peter de Villiers said he didn't think Burger deserved a yellow card.

"I don't think it was a card at all," De Villiers said. "There was a lot of needle and, if you dissect the whole game, you will see yellow cards that were missed."

Meanwhile, South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins has summoned de Villiers to discuss comments he made when assessing the performance of scrumhalf Ricky Januarie after last week's victory.

De Villiers came under pressure from the media for sending out-of-form Januarie, who is black, on for Fourie du Preez during the 26-21 victory at Kings Park and replied: "I'm not concerned about his form, he may have made a blunder but so did a few other players.

"What I learned in South Africa is, if you take your car to a garage and the owner is black or a black man, and they mess it up, you never go back to that garage," he said.

"If the owner is white, you say ag, sorry, they made a mistake and you go back again. This is how some people live their lives in this country."

SARU issued a statement after Saturday's 28-25 victory over the Lions at Loftus Versfeld that Hoskins has called de Villiers, who is also black, to meet him to discuss his remarks.

"The management committee of the South African Rugby Union on Friday mandated Union president Oregan Hoskins to meet Springbok coach Peter de Villiers to discuss recent statements attributed to him," the statement read.

"The management committee was unanimous in its concern over the racial connotations used by de Villiers in discussing the performance of scrumhalf Ricky Januarie."

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