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Coleraine Rugby Club fined £5k over female referee abuse

A rugby club in Northern Ireland has been fined £5,000 over the abuse of a female referee.

The referee was subject to sexist and verbal abuse from the touchline during a game last March at Coleraine.

The Ulster Society of Rugby Football Referees refused to officiate the Coleraine's home games after the incident.

Ulster Rugby authorities carried out two investigations into the incident.

A Coleraine RFC spokesman said: "Coleraine Rugby Club is pleased that there has been a resolution to the long-running dispute involving rugby's Ulster Branch, the Referees Society and the club.

"The club has accepted the decision of the Ulster Branch review into this matter.

"We are now looking forward to giving a warm welcome to all referees and teams visiting our club for matches this week and in the future."

The IRFU Ulster Branch said the matter was now closed and it was working on promoting respect for referees.

The Ulster Society of Rugby Football Referees has agreed to resume duties at the club. It added: "Our interest is the protection of our volunteer members and we are assured by the branch that they are actively reviewing measures to ensure their future well-being."

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