Ronan O’Gara will get 10 week ban and high quality for ‘harming greatest pursuits of rugby’

La Rochelle coach Ronan O’Gara has been suspended for 10 weeks for “harming one of the best pursuits of rugby”, the French rugby union league (LNR) stated on Wednesday. 

The assertion didn’t specify when the incident occurred however the one match the previous Eire flyhalf had coached since finishing a six-week ban for abusing a referee was in opposition to Brive on November 5.

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This time he confronted a disciplinary panel that, unusually, contained representatives of each the LNR and the French Rugby Federation (FFR). He was cited for remarks criticising the refereeing and the organisation of the championship. 

O’Gara was additionally fined 15,000 euros with an additional 5,000 euro suspended high quality. He can attraction. 

O’Gara’s fourth suspension in a yr

That is O’Gara’s fourth suspension in a yr. In November 2021, he was banned for 2 weeks for “displaying disrespect to the authority of an official”, throughout a match in opposition to Toulon.

He was then suspended for 2 weeks in April for “indiscipline” and “difficult the selections of officers” in a recreation in opposition to Racing 92 though that didn’t cease O’Gara from main La Rochelle to the European Champions Cup title. 

This season began with O’Gara suspended in September for six weeks for “lack of respect” and “motion in opposition to an official” at Lyon.

La Rochelle received all 4 matches for which O’Gara acquired bans.

If the most recent suspension stands, the Irishman might be out till January 30. He would consequently miss six High 14 matches and all 4 group video games as La Rochelle begin their Champions Cup defence.