Cockerill gets a slap on the wrist
May 26, 2010
Tigers coach Richard Cockerill © Getty Images
Leicester Tigers head coach Richard Cockerill has escaped with a warning from the Rugby Football Union following an outburst during his side's Guinness Premiership semi-final victory over Bath at Welford Road.
RFU Disciplinary Officer, Judge Jeff Blackett, was requested to look into the incident on May 16 when Cockerill is alleged to have shouted advice at the match officials during the game as well as kicking a partition.
A statement from the RFU read, "Statements were gathered from Leicester Tigers management team to explain his actions and broadcast footage reviewed.
"Judge Blackett has examined all the available information and has determined that the appropriate course of action is to issue a formal letter to Richard Cockerill warning him for his future conduct. As a result, there will be no further disciplinary action taken by the RFU against Mr Cockerill for these actions."
Blackett commented, "Rugby is a game of passion and emotion and all participants are entitled to express those emotions provided they are not abusive to others or bring the game into disrepute. However, as the game increases in profile and popularity the conduct of those in the public eye comes under ever closer scrutiny and it is important those role models set an example for the younger generation to follow. I have advised Richard Cockerill to remember this in future.
"Inevitably, given the timing, comparison will be drawn with the Brendan Venter case but in my mind they are materially different. Brendan Venter's actions were sustained and designed to provoke others in a manner which may have led to a serious disturbance in the crowd and that is not acceptable. The appeal panel have upheld that belief. Richard Cockerill's outburst was instantaneous and not directed at any third party, and so, while still not behaviour I would expect from someone in his position it was different in scale and intent."
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