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Richard Cockerill suspended for nine matches

02 July 2013

  • Cockerill found guilty of using inappropriate behaviour during Aviva Premiership final
  • Leicester Tigers director of rugby banned from match-day coaching activities until Novermber 2
Richard Cockerill

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Richard Cockerill, the Leicester Tigers director of rugby, was suspended for nine matches when he appeared before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel in Coventry this evening.

Cockerill pleaded not guilty to conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union and/or the Game contrary to RFU Rule 5.12 by using obscene, and/or inappropriate and/or unprofessional language/behaviour in an exchange with fourth official Stuart Terheege during the Aviva Premiership final against Northampton Saints at Twickenham Stadium on May 25.

But the RFU panel found that Cockerill used words that were obscene, inappropriate and unprofessional and behaviour that was inappropriate and unprofessional.

Cockerill will be suspended from involvement in match-day coaching activities, before during and after matches, from September 7 to November 2 2013. He will be free to resume matchday coaching activities on November 3.

Cockerill, who has the right of appeal, was also ordered to pay £500 costs.

The panel, which sat at the Coventry M6 Holiday Inn hotel, comprised Antony Davies (chairman), His Honour Judge Sean Enright and Daniel White.

Read the full judgment here.