Cockerill banned for ref rant

Leicester coach Richard Cockerill has been suspended for four weeks for verbally abusing a referee.

The incident happened in the Tigers’ LV Cup match against Newport on 14 November, and although it hasn’t been revealed exactly what Cockerill said, he’ll not be allowed any involvement with his players or officials on match days until 23 December.

Cockerill pleaded guilty to two offences of abuse ahead of an RFU disciplinary hearing and has also been fined £2000.

‘I said a few things in the heat of the moment against Newport, and I have apologised to those concerned,’ Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury. ‘You can’t do those sort of things. It is unacceptable.

‘It’s not good enough from me, and I should set an example. I will take the consequences and it won’t happen again.’