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Disciplinary Report for
Alex Sword of Salem State
Match Date: 07 October 2018

Location: UMASS

Red Card Offense

Player's Position:
Nature of Offense
9.12 Dangerous Play 9.27 Misconduct

Teams and Results
Home:    University of Massachusetts - Amherst Score    27
Visitor:   Salem State University Score    31
Time into match of Incident:   20
Score at Time:   (H)  0   (V)   7
Offending-side Captain:  Austin
Opposing-side Captain:   John
Weather and Field Conditions
soggy slippery field, humid

General Pattern of Play
level of play and athleticism varied all over the field; the experienced players played high level smart rugby, less experienced player had difficulty handling the pressure created by experienced players and more athletic players

Detailed Report of Incident
players from opposing sides were on the ground, whistle was blown, Salem State hooker, Alex Sword, threw the ball in direction of UMass player while both on the ground, a few players from each side were jawing at each other while other players tried to separate them...unsuccessfully... leading the Salem State player to head-butt the opposing player. There was no argument from Salem state captain, coach or player of the occurrence of the head-butt

Contact was made directly forehead to forehead, impact was minimal and did not cause any snapping back of the UMASS player's head, it did not seem to be thrown in a way to injure but more a to intimidate. Straight to a red card was easy based on striking another player in the face and the clear lack of sportsmanlike conduct that is expected of players on the pitch.

After the match Mr Swords asked if I thought I went to a red card 'kind of fast' I couldn't tell if he was joking or not so a quick eye roll and 'seriously, it was head butt' I then removed myself from the area in an effort to help Mr Swords not say anything that I would then be typing up now

  Akira Do
Date Submitted:
  07 October 2018