Venter facing disrepute charge
Published 07/01/2010 | 05:00
Saracens director of rugby Brendan Venter has been charged by the RFU with bringing the game into disrepute following his fierce criticism of referee David Rose.
Venter is alleged to have questioned Rose's integrity by stating that he believed the referee was influenced at half-time in Saracens' 22-15 defeat to Leicester last weekend.
The hearing has been set for January 19 and if found guilty of "conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game", Venter could face a touchline ban, a fine or both.
But Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths has vowed to launch a "vigorous defence" on Venter's behalf.
"He did not question the integrity of the referee and, in fact, on the contrary, stressed on several occasions he does not believe any of the officials are dishonest," said Griffiths.