Graham Henry to face SANZAR misconduct hearing

Super Rugby’s organisers SANZAR have brought a Misconduct Complaint against Sir Graham Henry of the Blues for comments made on TV NZ News on 21 May 2013 which were widely reported through other media outlets and online.

Henry slammed the match officials in the Blues 23-3 loss to the Crusaders on
Saturday and said that the TMO Keith Brown must have been “blind” as
he did not award a try to Blues winger Frank Halai.

Henry also criticised the match officials for failing to act on the Crusaders
who he said repeatedly crossed the offside line without being penalised.

“Frank Halai (scored) a try in the corner — it would have been nice (if)
you had those given to you,” Henry, filling in for Blues coach John Kirwan,
told reporters.

“It was obvious to me. He is probably a blind TMO (television match official),
is he?”

Henry failed to meet the press after the Blues training Thursday, leaving Kirwan
to tell TVNZ: “Sorry to disappoint you guys.

“But we let him out and he had a bit of a dig, so we’ve just put him back
again and settled him down a wee bit.”

In a press statement SANZAR said, “The complaint has been referred in
the first instance to SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Jannie Lubbe SC in accordance
with Rule 10.12 of the SANZAR Disciplinary Rules contained in the 2013 Super
Rugby Tournament Manual.

“In bringing this complaint, SANZAR will allege that the comments made
amount to Misconduct under Rule 10 of the SANZAR Disciplinary Rules and breach
the SANZAR Code of Conduct Section 8.3 (a) and (e).”

“The hearing will take place via teleconference on Sunday 26 May 2013:
4pm (AEST), 6pm (NZST), 8am (SAST).”

“SANZAR will be making no further comment until the process has been completed.”

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