15 Nov 2013

Two American Samoa rugby players charged with assault

9:17 am on 15 November 2013

Two rugby players in American Samoa have been charged with assaulting a player of an opposing team during last month's Mosooi Festival Rugby Tournament.

Talofa Faimoa and Fatutoa Levi of the Fagatogo rugby club are each charged with second degree assault, a felony punishable by up to five years in jail, a fine of 5,000 US dollars or both. Each is also charged with misdemeanor public peace disturbance.

Faimoa and Levi were charged yesterday in District Court and bail was set at 5,000 US dollars for each player.

The victim suffered a fractured jaw as a result of the assault.

Meanwhile, the American Samoa Rugby Union board of director will soon issue an official ruling on the penalties to be handed out against Faimoa and Levi.