Footage was released by police in the United States of a brutal on-field assault in a university rugby game where an Arizona State University rugby player is seen kicking a University of Arizona player in the face.
Even referees told the police that the kick was “the worst thing they have ever seen in their history with rugby”.
From the footage, 21-year-old Christopher Crawford can be seen walking up to Douglas Neary, who was bending over tying his boot lace. Crawford delivers a kick to the side of Neary’s face and was charged with aggravated assault three days after the rugby match.
Neary not only suffered concussion but also required facial reconstruction surgery. It is said that a metal plate and six screws were inserted in his face.
At first, Crawford refused to come to the police headquarters but days later surrendered and faces trial on Monday, December 11.
According to Sport24, Crawford did not attend Arizona State at the time of the incident and it is unclear why they allowed him play for the rugby club team at the school.
Sport24 adds that an Arizona State University spokesperson mentioned that the entire club rugby coaching staff was fired as a result.
USA Rugby also temporarily suspended the club.