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Cheika under the spotlight

The European Rugby Cup are to investigate Stade Francais director of rugby Michael Cheika after complaints made against him following last month's Amlin Challenge Cup final defeat to Harlequins.

The ERC said on Monday that the Australian is alleged to have made comments of an insulting/offensive/disparaging/intimidatory nature to match officials during the half-time break, and that he did the same to an ERC staff member after the full-time whistle.

Stade were unhappy with a number of decisions made during the game which they lost 19-18, with Cheika saying in his post-match press conference: "Once again we came undone due to the shortcomings of, you know. I don't think I should say it because I will only get in trouble."

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