Sri Lanka’s President’s Son Rohitha investigated for Assault




Sri Lanka’s rugby authorities are investigating President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s rugby-playing son after claims that he assaulted a referee.

One report says Rohitha Rajapaksa has been suspended from the game but the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) denies this.

Witnesses said they saw Mr Rajapaksa, 22, physically attack the referee after his side lost a match this month.

Rugby is the island’s most popular sport after cricket.

A top rugby official said he believed the incident was merely verbal but must be looked into.

The case is politicised: all three of the president’s sons play in the Navy SC team and the second son, Yoshitha, is captain of the national side.

That appointment prompted some senior players to quit, although the team has since won promotion back to the top tier of the Asian 5 Nations tournament.

Eyewitnesses at the Navy SC vs Police A match on 5 May said that after the defeat Rohitha Rajapaksa, the president’s youngest son, grabbed the referee, Dimitri Gunasekera, by the collar and assaulted him.



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