Red Card for Red Shirts
By Shamseer Jaleel
Leading rugby football club, the CR&FC has been shown the Red Card and will not be permitted to play A Division rugby for the rest of the season. The main reason for the ban comes in the wake of Kandy SC not giving a release letter for Dhanushka Pushpakumara to play for CR & FC in their match against the CH&FC.

CR player Joshua Kala had been severely reprimanded for allegedly injuring referee Aruna Jayasekera. Joshua will not be permitted to play rugby in Sri Lanka again. The Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) will inform the Fijii Rugby Football Union and the International Rugby Board and the Thai Rugby Union of this decision.

The CR&FC has been further reprimanded because they could not produce their player Joshua Kala for the SLRFU hearing yesterday as he had left the island, fearing that he will be arrested after the referee lodged a complaint with the local police. The SLRFU felt that the CR&FC should have kept a closer tab on him and his passport without allowing him to leave the country after such an attack on a leading rugby referee which took place last Sunday when CR were leading 22-12. But on sympathetic grounds CR will be able to play B Division rugby. The SLRFU also felt that CR should have apologized to the Union for the above incidents, which the Longden Place Club had not done.

Currently CR are placed third in the A Division League points table behind Kandy SC and second placed CH&FC. The SLRFU has now decided to go through all the applications of foreign players who have applied to play inter-club rugby in Sri Lanka.


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