Again the violence overshadowed a sports party. Again an aggression steals the limelight. This time it happened after a rugby match. After the final that Villa Rugby Club and Roldán Rugby disputed last weekend, for the Bronze final of level III of the Regional Tournament of the Litoral (TRL). After the final whistle that gave the Villa Constitución team the victory, a player from the Roldanense team brutally attacked the match referee, Simón Cané.
The violent episode, which quickly went viral, shows how a player runs onto the court and hits Cané, who ended up lying on the floor.
As a consequence of this fact, Roldán Rugby decided to disenroll “to disenroll from the club imminently and definitively to the person in charge.”
Both clubs issued statements to condemn the violent episode that overshadowed the final.
The statement from the Roldán Rugby board of directors:
“By virtue of the events that occurred on Sunday 11/21/21, where the top team of Roldán Rugby Club played with their Villa Rugby Club team the match for the Bronze Cup of the Rosario Rugby Union, in which , at the end of the match a player physically attacked the referee Simón Cané, the Board of Directors decides, in view of what happened, to immediately and definitively disaffiliate the person responsible from the club, because we repudiate acts of violence in our sport and they do not follow the values with whom we work every day to train the little ones.
Roldán Rugby, is a family club, where many people work inch by inch every day to promote sport and its values, it is our refuge, we are players, parents, children and friends, we faithfully believe in the camaraderie between clubs and we demonstrate it in every third timeshare Sunday to Sunday.
For us, like all the clubs in formation, with which we share category and regrets, it is invaluable to have played again after having lived through such a difficult pandemic context, after having struggled to survive as an institution, to contain players in times of many uncertainties and keep families trusting.
At this time we feel deeply ashamed of what happened, there is no valid explanation to justify any act of violence, in this or in any sport. We want to apologize and show solidarity as an institution with Simón Cané, with Villa Rugby Club and with the Rosario Rugby Union, we are convinced that in the end … we are all part of ourselves. “
For its part, Villa Rugby also repudiated the violent episode with the following statement:
“As is public knowledge, yesterday the Bronze Cup Final was played on our court between our Senior Squad and their Roldán Rugby peers.
Unfortunately it was marred by an act of violence towards the referee after the final whistle of the match by a member of the visiting team.
From Villa Rugby Club, as hosts of the event, we sympathize with the referee of the match and totally repudiate the fact that occurred. On the other hand, we also want to highlight the attitudes of other members of the visiting team who had the humility and courage to apologize once the situation calmed down on our pitch and also at night through social networks.
From the club’s CD, members and players are constantly being worked on and made aware of violence in sport, highlighting that they are actions repudiated by the institution and with severe disciplinary and social sanctions.
Dream Rugby, Live Rugby. “