Aviva Premiership: Leicester boss Richard Cockerill handed nine match ban

Last Updated: 02/07/13 9:23am

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Richard Cockerill: Found guilty following verbal outburst

Richard Cockerill: Found guilty following verbal outburst

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Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has been suspended for nine matches for abusing a match official.

Cockerill was charged after 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.

Cockerill pleaded not guilty to conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union and/or the Game contrary to RFU Rule 5.12.

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.

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

The ban means that Leicester coaches Paul Burke and Geordan Murphy will take charge of the Premiership champions' match day coaching until Cockerill's return.

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