Biarritz hooker Arnaud Heguy has been hit with a 20-week suspension after being found guilty of threatening a referee.
The body in charge of the Top 14 - Ligue Nationale de Rugby - announced on Thursday Heguy will be out of action until February for his "menacing behaviour towards an official" following Biarritz's 24-13 loss to Toulon in August. The Top 14 side's forwards coach Laurent Rodriguez has copped a 12-week ban for "threatening language" while club president and former French legend Serge Blanco has been suspended from all rugby activity for four weeks due to his "indiscipline", according to AFP.
Biarritz have refrained from commenting on the suspension but reserves the right to appeal the sanction. The news will do little to cheer the mood around Biarritz with the Top 14 side languishing at the foot of the league with just one win to their name this season.