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De Villiers judgement put back

Peter de Villiers will have to wait to hear what charges, if any, he may have to face after SANZAR reserved judgement in the misconduct case against him until Monday.

The South Africa coach sat through a three hour hearing on Friday after he was summoned to appear before judicial officer Jannie Lubbe following comments made about refereeing during the Tri Nations series.

De Villiers had alleged that the officials were showing bias towards New Zealand as they prepare to hosts the 2011 World Cup. He made the comments following the Springboks' second Tri Nations loss to the All Blacks in as many weeks.

Speaking on Australia's Fox Sports 'Rugby Club' programme on July 21, he said: "I've got my own observations about the last two Tests, and I can't say it in public.

"But we do have a World Cup in New Zealand next year, and maybe it was the right thing for them to win the games so they can attract more people to the games next year."

The comments were directed at Irish referees Alan Lewis and Alain Rolland, but De Villiers later suggested that he was misinterpreted.

However, it did not prevent SANZAR (South Africa, New Zealand and Australia Rugby) from hauling him forward for an alleged misconduct charge.

He must now wait, though, until early next week to learn his fate.

A statement from SANZAR read: "The independent SANZAR Judicial Officer appointed to hear a charge of alleged misconduct against Springbok coach, Peter de Villiers, reserved judgement on the case in Cape Town.

"Advocate Jannie Lubbe, SC, said he expected to announce his verdict by Monday. "The hearing related to comments made by Mr De Villiers on Australia's Fox Sports 'Rugby Club' programme."


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