Rugby coach banned for life; $4000 fine after attack on referee in Tongatapu

Vakai ki he tohi faka-Tonga mei he kōmiti' 'oku pulusi atu 'i lalo heni 'osi 'a e ongoongo 'i he lea 'Ingilisi ki he tautea kuo hilifaki ki he faiako, tokotaha va'inga mo e timi 'akapulu 'a Vainii' koe'uhī ko e tuki 'oku tukuaki'i ne fai ki he fakamāu'.

Vainī rugby coach, Venili Vailea, who allegedly punched a referee three times during a rugby match has been banned from the sport for life by the Tonga Rugby Sub-Union committee.

Vailea will never step foot on the field again after his attack left referee Tokomea ‘Ofahulu with minor injuries.

Vaha’i Nau, one of the Vainī rugby players, has been banned for the rest of this year’s rugby union tournament games after he allegedly touched the referee’s hand in an attempt to look at his wristwatch to find out about the time during the controversial game.

The committee has also imposed on Vainī Rugby Union club a fine of TP$4,000 for contravening the rules that govern the Tonga Rugby Union clubs.

The committee made its decisions in a meeting yesterday Tuesday 26 and demanded the fine must be paid in full before this Saturday 30, according to a letter from the Committee seen by Kaniva News.

The letter was addressed to the Vainī rugby club manager Hon Tēvita ‘Unga.

The Vainī rugby team could be banned from the rest of this year’s Tongatapu seasonal rugby tournament games if it failed to pay the fine, the letter said.

The Vainī rugby union team could also be demoted next year to play at level two grade if they could not pay the fine.

A spokesperson for the Vainī team told Kaniva News they will appeal the Committee’s decisions.

He claimed they had filed a formal complaint with the Committee against referee ‘Ofahulu and how he officiated the game. He said the complaint was submitted before the Committee’s meeting yesterday.

The decisions came after ‘Ofahulu who officiated a rugby match between the Vainī team and the Toa Ko Ma’afu rugby team was allegedly attacked.

It is understood the Vainī team and their supporters were unhappy with how ‘Ofahulu controlled the game on Saturday 16.

It appeared the incident occurred after ‘Ofahulu blew the final whistle and ended the game while the Vainī team was attacking. The match ended in a draw.

An eyewitness alleged there was still time after the final whistle was blown and the timekeeper did not indicate to the referee to end the second half.

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  1. Hon. Tevita ‘Unga Ma’afu
    Pule ‘o e Timi Vaini.
    Kalapu ‘Akapulu ‘a Vaini
    Vaini

    26 Sune 2018.

    Tangata’eiki

    ‘Oku fie fakahoko atu ‘a e tuʻutuʻuni ʻa e Komiti Pule Sub-union ʻa Tongatapu fekau’aki mo e palopalema ne hoko ‘i ho’o mou va’inga mo e Toa ko Ma’afu he Tokonaki 16 ‘o Sune 2018, ‘i homou mala’e va’inga pe ‘i Vaini. Na’e tali ‘e he Fakataha ‘a e Sub-Union ‘aho 26 Sune 2018, ke fai ha ngaue ʻa e Komiti Pulé ki he palopalema ne hoko ‘i Vaini he ‘aho 16 ‘o Sune.

    ‘Oku tu’utu’uni ‘e he Komiti Pule ke hilifaki ‘a e ngaahi Tautea ko ‘eni ki homou kalapu ‘akapulu: Ko e ‘uhi kuo fakapapau’i na’e tuki’i tu’o tolu ‘e he tokotaha ko Venili Vailea ‘a ia ko e Faiako ‘i he timi ‘a Vaini, ʻa e Fakamaau ko Tokomea ‘Ofahulu ‘i he va’inga ʻoku ha atu ‘i ‘olunga.

    1. Ko e tokotaha Faiako ‘o e Kalapu ‘Akapulu, Venili Vailea, ‘e tautea ia ‘o ‘ikai ke toe ngofua ke kau ‘i ha fa’ahinga ‘Ofisiale pe Va’inga ‘o ha timi ‘i ha fe’auhi ‘oku ‘i he malumalu ‘o e Sub-Union ‘a Tongatapu ‘o a’u ki he mate.
    2. Kuopau ke totongi ‘e he Kalapu ‘Akapulu ‘a Vaini ‘a e $4000 ki he Sub-union ‘a Tongatapu.
    3. Ka ‘ikai ke totongi e pa’anga ko ‘eni, he ‘ikai ke toe tuku atu ha’amou va’inga ‘iunioni, pea ‘e malava ke mole ai pe ho’omou poiní .
    4. Kuopau pe ke totongi e $4000.00 ke kakato ka mou toki hoko atu ‘i he fe’auhi ‘akapulu ‘a Tongatapu.
    5. Ko e tokotaha ko Vaha’i Nau, na’e ala ki he fakamaau ki hono nima ‘o sio ki he taimi ‘a e Fakamaau, ‘oku tautea mo ia, he ‘ikai ke toe va’inga ‘i he to’u va’inga ‘o e 2018.

    ‘Oku ou faka’apa’apa lahi atu ki he Feitu’una mo e to’o fatongia lelei ki hono paotoloaki ‘o e fanau va’inga. Fakatauange pe te mou talangofua ki he tu’utu’uni ‘oku fai atu ni.

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