Butch Banned For Four Weeks
Butch James has been banned for four weeks for a shoulder charge during the Lions’ 34-20 loss to the Brumbies on Friday.
SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Mike Heron accepted a guilty plea from James of the Lions for contravening Law 10.4 (h) A player must not charge into a ruck or maul.
Charging includes any contact made without use of the arms, or without grasping that player, when he charged into a ruck near the Brumbies goal line and made contact with Brumbies player Scott Fardy after a penalty had been blown to the Lions in the 63rd minute of the match between the Lions and Brumbies in Johannesburg at Coca Cola Park.
James has subsequently been suspended from all forms of the game for the four weeks to and including Saturday 26 May 2012.