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O'Gara with Racing coach Laurent Travers.
O'Gara with Racing coach Laurent Travers.
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Ronan O'Gara handed 10-week touchline ban for remarks made to Top 14 referee

Racing 92 have also been fined €15,000.
Oct 19th 2017, 12:00 PM 32,068 17

IRISH RUGBY LEGEND Ronan O’Gara has received a 10-week touchline ban in France.

The former Munster fly-half, who is now working as defence coach at Racing 92, picked up the suspension after remarks made to the referee in their Top 14 defeat to La Rochelle on 8 October.

With Racing trailing 16-9 heading into the final minutes, O’Gara protested after scrum-half Teddy Iribaren was penalised for a no-arm tackle.

L’Equipe report that Racing have also been hit with a €15,000 fine, while head coach Laurent Labit is serving a 15-week suspension for his post-match comments.

Source: TOP 14 - Officiel/YouTube

O’Gara won’t be permitted on the sideline or in the referee’s dressing room until 31 December.

However, according to RTÉ Sport, the sanction applies to the domestic competition only, meaning it won’t affect this weekend’s Champions Cup meeting with his old club Munster at Thomond Park.

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