Ioane in Twitter trouble

Australia international facing fine after making referee comments

Last Updated: 03/05/11 4:31pm

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Ioane: faces judicial hearing

Ioane: faces judicial hearing

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Australia international Digby Ioane is the latest high-profile name to get into hot water via the Twitter website after calling a match official the "worst ever ref".

The Queensland Reds back tweeted the remark about referee Keith Brown last weekend and now faces a stiff fine.

Brown awarded a controversial late penalty last Saturday which allowed the Wellington Hurricanes to beat the Reds 28-26 and end the Australian team's run of seven successive wins.

The Wallabies winger later deleted the comment from his page but that has not saved him from a disciplinary hearing.

"Queensland Reds wing Digby Ioane has been charged with contravening the SANZAR code of conduct and will face a judicial hearing on Wednesday," said a statement released by Super Rugby organisers on Tuesday.

"The charge stems from a comment made by Ioane on the social media website Twitter after the Reds' loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington last Saturday."

Another Wallabies back, Matt Giteau, was fined A$5,000 ($5,500.000) for critcising referee Steve Walsh after the ACT Brumbies lost to the New South Wales Waratahs last year.

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