Violent Conduct with Intent to Injure – May, 2013
A referee noted on the match report: “Player jumped into the defender’s back from approximately 4 yards away with his knees drawn up to his waist and hit the defender in the middle of his back. The defender had his back turned to the attacker when the contact happened. The defender was defenseless to protect himself. Giving the seriousness of the foul, it warranted a red card for violent conduct. I was 7 yards from the play when the foul took place.” NCYSA gave the player the choice of accepting a 6 game suspension for Violent Conduct with Intent to Injure or attend a hearing.
Findings of the Panel
- Contact between players occurred.
- The player in question went into the tackle, taking the other player down without the ball but it was unclear as to whether the player in question had intent to injure.
- The panel determined the contact between the player in question and the other player was not intent to injure, but included an aggravating condition. As a result, the panel determined the player in question’s action was worthy of a sanction greater than the minimum for violent conduct, but less than the sanction called for under Rule 6, Section 6 and written in the Discipline & Appeals Manual.
- The player in question was suspended for one match for the initial red card, and two additional matches for Violent Conduct, for a total of 3 matches. Any matches the player in question already sat out counted toward satisfying this sanction.