Sanzar suspends Stormers investigation
May 9, 2013
Super Rugby governing body SANZAR has rescheduled its judicial hearing into complaints of misconduct against the Stormers and their team management during a match against the Hurricanes in April. The decision was made amid concerns a fair hearing was no longer possible. SANZAR will make no further comment about the "match day misconduct" incident during the Super Rugby round 11 match in Palmerston North on April 26, won 18-16 by the South African side.
The judicial hearing, which began on Wednesday, was originally adjourned at the request of Stormers' management. The hearing resumed early on Friday, but judicial officer Adam Casselden said he could not proceed due to concerns that a fair hearing was no longer possible because of the disclosure of certain information to him. Casselden has referred the misconduct complaints to a new SANZAR judicial officer in the belief that a new hearing is necessary in the interests of fairness to all parties.
SANZAR will appoint a new judicial officer, and set a date and time for the new hearing in due course.