Ronan O'Gara receives 10-week touchline ban and fine but it won't affect trip to Thomond Park
Ronan O'Gara has received a 10-week touchline ban and a €15,000 for remarks be made about Top 14 match officials earlier this month.
The Munster and Ireland legend was unhappy with decision made against his Racing 92 team in their 16-9 defeat away to La Rochelle on October 8.
In the final minutes of the encounter, with Racing 92 chasing a converted try that would have levelled the game, scrum-half Teddy Iribaren was penalised for a no-arms tackle. A call which O'Gara did not agree with.
Head coach Laurent Labit is already serving a 15-week suspension for his post-match comments after the same game, and a disciplinary committee has decided to also serve O’Gara with a ban.
The ban only applies to Top 14 fixtures meaning that O'Gara will be free to take his place on the touchline for this weekend's Champions Cup clash with Munster at Thomond Park.
Racing 92 are currently eighth in the Top 14 standings after seven games.
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