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.
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.
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.
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.