May 13, 2018
Lautoka FC utility Samuela Drudru has been suspended for seven matches and fined NZ$7,500 for breaching Article 56 (1) of the OFC Disciplinary Code which particularly deals with racism in football.
The suspension is applicable at all levels of football and he is banned from entering the confines of the stadiums for those seven matches.
On the 22 April 2018 following the OFC Champions League Semi-Final between Lautoka FC and Marist FC, the referee reported an incident which took place after the player received a red card for a second caution in which he displayed discriminatory behaviour directed at a Match Official.
Following the opening of disciplinary proceedings, the OFC Disciplinary Committee analysed all documentation at its disposal.
As a result, the OFC Disciplinary Committee found the Drudru for breaching the following Article:
Article 56 Racism
1. Anyone who publicly disparages, discriminates against or denigrates someone in a defamatory manner on account of race, colour, language, religion or ethnic origin will be subject to match suspension for at least five (5) matches at every level. The body will impose a ban on his entering the confines of any stadia and a fine of at least NZD5,000. If the perpetrator is an official, the fine will be at least NZD10,000.
In accordance with Article 127 of the OFC Disciplinary Code an appeal may be lodged to the OFC Appeals Committee against this decision.
Any appeal must be lodged within 15 days of the decision being communicated.
By Reginald Chandar