Martis suspended pending inquiry

21 February 2019 12:11 am - 1     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


By Harsha Amarasinghe

St. Peter's College and Havelock Sports Club Head Coach Sanath Martis has been 'suspended pending inquiry from all forms of rugby,' Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) said yesterday (20) following a long meeting.

Martis appeared to have slapped a St. Peter's rugby player during one of their pre-season games in a video which went viral on social media after which World Rugby (WR) got involved in this matter.

"We have taken a decision to suspend Coach Sanath Martis from all forms of rugby as a result of the allegations made against him who seems to have slapped a player several times during a game. We have communicated with WR and they have demanded stern action over his conduct," SLR President Lasitha Gunaratne told Daily Mirror yesterday (20).

Martis having guided St. Peter's to the Milo President's Trophy victory last year is on the verge of winning the Inter-Club League title for Havelock SC in six years.

However, this suspension means that the veteran coach won't be able to appear on the podium should the Park Club end up being victorious in two weeks time.

"He will not be able to coach them and if Havelock SC go on to win, he cannot appear on the podium with the winning team," added the former Sri Lanka prop forward.

Gunaratne also claimed that they have contacted Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) in order to take further action as the incident involves a schoolboy.

"We have informed SLSRFA about the matter and they have the right to take further action over this incident," said Gunaratne.

SLR will call for a council meeting next week during which the exact length of his suspension will be decided. 

  Comments - 1

  • Peter De Zilwa Thursday, 21 February 2019 11:23 PM

    How come only things like this are taken up. I know what happened is wrong but this is a tough game to play and can we all see a brighter side to this whole episode rather than make mountains out of molehills!

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment

Govt. re-recommends COVID-19 regulations: Medics, legal experts warn of vaccine expiry dates and injuries

The public has once again been advised to wear masks to prevent the spread of

8-year-old grave sexual abuse victim gets justice after 18 years

In Palawela Udaniriella, an 8-year-old girl became the victim of Grave Sexual

Covid makes a comeback!

These questions have been buzzing in our heads over the past few weeks as hea

Gas shortage could have been averted – Litro Chairman

A serious shortage of fuel, gas and other essential items as a result of the