FORMER Zebre head coach Christian Gajan has been handed a six-month ban from all rugby, suspended for two years, by an independent Pro12 disciplinary committee.
Gajan appeared before the committee in Dublin on a misconduct charge relating to his behaviour towards the match officials during and after Zebre's defeat to Munster in their final game of the season on May 3.
Gajan was found guilty of verbally abusing the match officials following the game and, after taking into account previous incidents the ex-Bayonne boss had been involved in, the committee handed him a suspended ban.
Gajan has the right to appeal.
A Pro 12 statement read: "The independent disciplinary committee considered Gajan's previous disciplinary record and previous cases of a similar nature and heard evidence of Gajan's personal circumstances.
"The disciplinary committee banned Gajan from participating in rugby union in any capacity anywhere in the world for a period of six months," it stated.
"However, the disciplinary committee suspended the sanction for a period of two years, so that it will not be imposed unless and until Gajan is found guilty of misconduct again in that period."