Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Cockerill set for RFU date

Richard Cockerill will appear before the disciplinary panel on July 1

Leicester rugby director Richard Cockerill will appear before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel on Monday, July 1 over his alleged behaviour during the Aviva Premiership final.

Earlier this month Cockerill was charged with "conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game", and the RFU has now confirmed the date for his hearing.

It is alleged Cockerill used "obscene and/or inappropriate and/or unprofessional language or behaviour" during an exchange with fourth official Stuart Terheege.

Cockerill was infuriated by what he viewed as a late tackle by Courtney Lawes on Toby Flood during the first half of Leicester's 37-17 Twickenham win.

Referee Wayne Barnes penalised Lawes but did not show him a yellow card and Flood was subsequently forced off with concussion.

Having advanced from the stands to pitchside, an angry Cockerill demonstrated with Terheege, arguing that the challenge warranted more severe action.

At half time, Northampton assistant coach Dorian West told ESPN that Cockerill had been ''intimidating'' match officials.

Cockerill's hearing will take place at the Coventry M6 Holiday Inn hotel and will start at 6.30pm.

The panel will be chaired by Antony Davies and will include His Honour Judge Sean Enright and Daniel White.

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