Rugby: Laporte facing probe over ref blast

13th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

DUBLIN, June 13, 2007 (AFP) - The International Rugby Board (IRB) is to examine allegations that France coach Bernard Laporte used abusive and/or intimidating language in a confrontation with top referee Stuart Dickinson.

DUBLIN, June 13, 2007 (AFP) - The International Rugby Board (IRB) is to examine allegations that France coach Bernard Laporte used abusive and/or intimidating language in a confrontation with top referee Stuart Dickinson.

The sport's world governing body confirmed on Wednesday that Dickinson had lodged a complained over Laporte's conduct when the two men met in a Wellington hotel on the eve of Saturday's second Test, which New Zealand won 60-10.

Laporte was reportedly furious with Australian Dickinson over his handling of the first Test, which the All Blacks won 42-11. An eye-witness to the confrontation has claimed that the Frenchman told Dickinson: "You do this tomorrow and you will be finished."

The IRB will now undertake a preliminary review of the evidence which could lead to misconduct charges against the Frenchman and a possible suspension.


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