Ronan O'Gara handed 10-week touchline ban and hefty fine - Ruck

Ronan O’Gara handed 10-week touchline ban and hefty fine

Ireland legend 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.

The Racing coach saw his 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 Iribarren was penalised for a no-arm tackle, another call which O’Gara felt went against Racing.

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.

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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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