Cockerill in nine match ban

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill has been suspended for nine matches by the Rugby Football Union over his conduct in the Premiership final.

RFU publishes judgement on Richard Cockerill's ban

The Rugy Football Union has published its judgement on Leicester Tigers' manager Richard Cockerill's ban.

The judgement said that at first there was "nothing untoward" but in the second occasion Cockerill's behaviour was regarded as "obscene, inappropriate and unprofessional".

It said his words could have been "construed as intimidation" as well as listing "various threats to instruct his players at half time to 'smash'" the opposing team. It said:

Essentially, what Mr. Cockerill was saying was that if the Match Officials did not change the way they controlled the game, he would intimate to the Leicester Tigers players at half time that they should employ illegitimate violence as a tactic in the second half.'

Mr. Cockerill approached Mr. Terheege again. He said he did not recall precisely what he was saying but he was talking at him in a much forthright manner and was using extensive foul and inappropriate language. The exchange was littered with him using the words “f” and “f**g”.

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Tigers 'extremely disappointed' with RFU's handling of Cockerill ban

Richard Cockerill, Director of Rugby at Leicester Tigers Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Leicester Tigers have strongly criticised the Rugby Football Union over its handling of Richard Cockerill's ban.

Cockerill, Director of Rugby, was banned for nine matches for his conduct towards fourth official Stuart Terheege during Leicester's Aviva Premiership final victory over Northampton.

Leicester will wait to receive a copy of the full written judgement before deciding whether to appeal the verdict but they are angry with the RFU's role in the case.

A club statement said: "There are elements of the way in which they have conducted this case which, in our opinion, calls into question the new disciplinary structure and we will be taking this up with the RFU at the earliest opportunity."

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Leicester Tigers: Richard Cockerill in nine match ban

Cockerill pleaded not guilty to the charges at a disciplinary hearing
Cockerill pleaded not guilty to the charges at a disciplinary hearing Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill has been given a nine match suspension by the Rugby Football Union over his conduct in the Premiership final.

He was found guilty of using obscene, inappropriate and/or unprofessional language and behaviour towards fourth official Stuart Terheege.

Leicester beat 14-man Northampton Saints 37-17 to win a record 10th English title.

Cockerill had pleaded not guilty to the charges at a disciplinary hearing.