Ronan O’Gara receives 10-week ban and fantastic for ‘harming rugby’s greatest pursuits’



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

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

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This time he confronted a disciplinary fee which, unusually, contained representatives from each the LNR and the French Rugby Federation (FFR). He was cited for feedback criticizing the refereeing and group of the league.

O’Gara was additionally fined €15,000 with an extra €5,000 suspended. He can enchantment.

O’Gara’s fourth suspension in a 12 months

That is O’Gara’s fourth suspension in a 12 months. In November 2021, he was suspended for 2 weeks for “disrespecting the authority of an official”, throughout a match towards Toulon.

He was then suspended for 2 weeks in April for ‘indiscipline’ and ‘defying referees’ choices’ in a match towards Racing 92, though this didn’t cease O’Gara from guiding La Rochelle to the European Cup title.

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

La Rochelle gained all 4 matches for which O’Gara obtained suspensions.

If the newest suspension is confirmed, the Irishman can be absent till 30 January. Consequently he’ll miss six High 14 matches and all 4 group stage matches as La Rochelle start their European Cup defence.