Saturday 21 September 2019

O'Gara hit with 10-week French ban


Ronan O’Gara is off to New Zealand
Ronan O’Gara is off to New Zealand
David Kelly

David Kelly

Ronan O'Gara has been slapped with a ten-week touchline ban and a €15,000 fine by French league disciplinary beaks - but it will not affect the Racing 92 defensive coach's trip to Thomond Park to take on Munster in the Champions Cup tomorrow.

The former Munster and Ireland star was suspended following an incident earlier this month when he strongly protested a decision in the final moments of his side's 16-9 defeat to La Rochelle. However, the ban only applies to Top 14 games.

Replacement scrum-half Teddy Iribaren was penalised for a no-arm tackle before O'Gara protested to an official, too strongly, that his player had legally wrapped his man.

O'Gara attempted to explain before a disciplinary tribunal but a ban and fine was issued nonetheless.

Head coach Laurent Labit is already serving a 15-week ban for his post-match comments about officials when the Paris-based side claimed a number of calls went against them.

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