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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.

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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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