South Africa charged with misconduct following protest

South Africa have been charged with misconduct by the International Rugby Board following the players' protest against the suspension of lock forward Bakkies Botha during Saturday's third Test in Johannesburg.

Botha was given a two-week suspension for a dangerous tackle on Welsh prop Adam Jones during the Springboks second Test victory over the Lions prompting the South African players to wear white armbands with the message 'Justice 4 Bakkies' on Saturday.

However, the sport's regulating body has ruled that the move broke "regulations relating to the game, including breaches of the IRB code of conduct." The official statement reads: "The IRB takes the view that such an act demonstrates a clear disregard for the disciplinary process. It does so in a manner which brings, or has the potential to bring, the game into disrepute."

The official statement continues: "The IRB has notified the South Africa Rugby Union that it intends to begin the disciplinary proceedings. The matter will now be referred to the independent judicial panel chairman who will appoint a judicial officer or committee."

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