Sharks to hit players’ wages for foul play and cards

Durban based Super Rugby franchise the Sharks have revealed that players who are suspended from playing rugby due to foul play will have their wages deducted.

The Sharks have suffered heavily with foul play in 2015 and the board has now passed a new resolution which should cut down on the number of suspensions being handed down to players.

Three red cards and three yellow cards have been issued to the Sharks this season and the board wants to hit the players where it will hurt the most – their pockets.

This season the Sharks have lost three players in their leadership group to suspension and Bismarck du Plessis (four weeks for a kick to the head), Frans Steyn (five weeks for a tip tackle) and Jean Deysel (seven weeks for a knee to the head) have all captained the team.

“We have decided that going forward there must be a policy of ‘no pay for no play’ should a player be suspended for foul play,” Sharks Board chairman Stephen Saad told The Mercury.

Saad said that the board agrees with the public opinion that some of the players reckless behaviour in intolerable.

Saad said that going forward it would be prerequisite in future player contracts that Sharks players and current player contracts would be “asked” to have the clause accepted into their contracts.

“The Sharks Board agree that red cards and dirty play cannot be condoned and it is unacceptable that this behaviour be associated with the Sharks brand,” Saad said.

“We endorse the executive management’s suggestion that the current censure (suspension from playing) is inadequate and can confirm that further sanction on the players has been taken over and above that served from Sanzar.

“To this end we consulted legal counsel regarding ‘no play, no pay’ for red cards,” he continued.

“We feel this new censure is appropriate and will have the necessary teeth.”

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