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Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Matabele, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    Steve Matai has been cleared of a headbutt by the NRL Judiciary.

    MataiI was facing a two-week suspension for an alleged headbutt but successfully argued that he did not intentionally make contact with his head and he was not the aggressor in the incident.

    Matai argued he was bracing for contact when he lowered his head toward Heighington in their scuffle.

    After a 40-minute hearing the NRL Judiciary panel took about five minutes to find Matai not guilty of the contrary conduct charge.
     
  2. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    One gold star to Mr Bellew and 1/2 of a gold star for Mr Mayer.
     
  3. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

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    Rightly so. Absolutely nothing in it.
     
  4. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    The Sharks look like the dunces they are.
     
  5. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

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    Same bloke that got Lyon off on the technicality.

    Seems like he knows what he was doing.

    Considering Matai was as guilty as sin with that headbutt.
     
  6. Duff

    Duff Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I haven't seen the replay (didn't notice it at the ground), but fLIP, eveyone else is saying that calling it a headbutt is a stretch. Don't be soft.
     
  7. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

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    There was no contact, you dont get a charge when a swinging arm misses a players head. The correct decision was made.
     
  8. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    It was a headbutt by the strictest definition, he leant in trying to make contact using his head, but it was slow and soft and didnt really mean much
     
  9. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

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    I have no doubt he had a brain explosion and led with his head but there was no connection that I could see.
     
  10. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    I like the defence used by Bellew. He avoided contesting the actuality of the contrary conduct charge
    (ie the headbutt ), & instead successfully argued that wether contact occurred or not, Mattai simply reflexed by bracing for impact. Such an argument proposes the dual themes, that there was no headbutt at all even if there was contact and neither was there harmful intent as the contact (if any at all) was self preservation rather than aggression. :clap:
     
  11. Utility Player

    Utility Player Well-Known Member

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    Thats how Maori's shake hands, Matai was just being a good sport.
     

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