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RFU Disciplinary: Geordan Murphy

RFU Disciplinary: Geordan Murphy

Charges against Leicester Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy were dealt with by an Independent Disciplinary Panel today.

He was charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union and the Game contrary to RFU Rule 5.12.

Murphy was alleged to have verbally abused a match official following the Leicester Tigers match against Bath Rugby on 18 May 2019 and faced two charges.

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The first charge related to verbal abuse of a match official, contrary to Law 9.28. The second charge was for failure to respect the authority of match officials, contrary to Law 9.28.

Murphy accepted both charges and the following sanction was imposed:

  • Prohibited from coaching duties for three weeks
  • Games to be served are the first three meaningful games of the 19/20 season
  • Pay a fine of £1,500, to be applied to a charity selected by the RFU Elite Referees Department
  • Write a personal letter of apology to Sean Davey, copied to the other match officials appointed to the game
  • Write open letter to all Leicester players and officials apologising for his actions, and making it clear that match official abuse is entirely inconsistent with the values of the game.  

The hearing was dealt with on the papers by Jeremy Summers, the sole judicial officer.

Jeremy Summers said: “While the disappointment of the club’s season is well known, criticising the TMO as Mr Murphy did was both wholly unacceptable and entirely inconsistent with the values of the game.

“Unfortunately match officials continue to be subject to improper attack, and those that find themselves before disciplinary panels in respect of such conduct should expect to be sanctioned appropriately.”

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