Deon Fourie of the Stormers has been issued with an off-field yellow card for contravening Law 10.4 (m) Acts Contrary to Good Sportsmanship during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.
Fourie and Cheetahs player Ashley Johnson were involved in a scuffle where they began throwing punches at each other. These actions caused a number of players to become involved in several scuffles that broke out following the initial scuffle. The incident occurred in the 55th minute of the match between the Stormers and Cheetahs played at DHL Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on 12th May.
An Off-Field Yellow Card may be issued by the Sanzar Citing Commissioner for foul play incidents that are very close to, but in his opinion do not meet the Red Card threshold for Citings.
In this case the incident was acted on by the referee for the match: Steve Walsh who penalised and issued a Yellow and White Card for a prior incident of Foul Play to Stormers player Rynhardt Elstadt. Referee Walsh then issued a White Card for all of the events that followed on from this.
On further review of the match footage the Citing Commissioner deemed an Off-Field Yellow Card was appropriate for Fourie.