Racing 92 defence coach Ronan O'Gara has been handed a 10-week touchline ban and slapped with a €15,000 fine following remarks made about Top 14 match officials earlier this month.
O’Gara saw his Racing side fall to a 16-9 defeat away to La Rochelle on 8 October, and the former Munster man was unhappy with calls made against the travelling team.
In the dying stages, with the visitors chasing a converted try to level the match, scrum-half Teddy Iribaren was penalised for a no-arm tackle, another call which O’Gara felt went against Racing.
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Head coach Laurent Labit is already serving a 15-week suspension for his post-match comments, and a disciplinary committee has decided to also serve O’Gara with a ban.
The former Ireland out-half is not permitted pitchside or in the referee’s dressing room until 31 December, while he was also handed a €15,000 fine.
Racing 92 currently sit in eighth place in the Top 14, 11 points adrift of leaders Lyon after seven games of the domestic season.
O’Gara returns to Thomond Park this weekend when Racing 92 travel to Limerick to take on Munster in the Champions Cup.
The ban only applies to Top 14 games.
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