The 18-year-old was turning out for Australian side Maitland Blacks against Newcastle Wanderers in a colts grand final when he saw red
Mark Meafua was turning out for Australian colts outfit Maitland Blacks in the colts Grand Final against Newcastle Wanderers when he lost his head.
Shocking moment rugby player hits referee in the neck
He was about to get the red card, when Mark Meafua decided he would react in the worst possible way
The giant rugby player launched his hand at the neck area of Niklas Gaal
After referee Niklas Gaal called him over to show a red card for performing a lift tackle and then involving himself in the ensuing scuffle, the 18-year-old exploded with rage and shoved Gaal in the neck area.
The young referee stumbled backwards, but unbelievably managed to stop himself from falling onto the turf.
The other players then turn to check on the welfare of the 19-year-old official, as Meafua makes his way off the pitch.
His Maitland team went on to lose the game 28-3.
Things were to get even worse for the rugby youth later that night when he was arrested at his home and charged with common assault.
He will now be up in court on October 4.
The Herald reports that in a two-hour judiciary hearing with the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union (NHRU) four days later, Meafua read out a three-page apology letter.
There was little inkling that things would pan out quite as they did when referee and player came together
But Mark Meafua was clearly incensed that he was about to be sent off in the game
The referee stumbles back in the shocking incident that has seen Mark Meafua banned for ten years
But it was not enough as the governing body issued him with a ten-year ban for striking an official. He also received a 10-match ban for the offence that was going to lead to the red card.
The Herald reports NHRU general manager Andy Fairfull as saying: “We have not seen anything like this in our zone in 30 years.
“It is unacceptable to verbally or physically abuse a referee. The sanctions show that if you undertake that behaviour, you will be out of the game for a serious amount of time.
Mark Meafua was arrested the night of the game and charged with common assault
Thankfully referee Niklas Gaal was not seriously hurt as a result of the act of violence
The 18-year-old Maitland Blacks colt trudges off as the players react with shock at what he has just done
“But, as well as ensuring Nik’s well being, the union has an obligation to provide Mark with the appropriate support.
“Within that 10 years, the referee’s association and Maitland club will work the young man to assist in some rehabilitation.”
Meafua can appeal the ban, but has to lodge this by the end of the week.
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