O’Gara suspended for 10 weeks in latest ban
La Rochelle boss Ronan O’Gara has been handed a fourth ban in a year after being banned for 10 weeks.
French rugby league said the Ireland legend was suspended for “prejudicing the best interests of rugby”.
He did not specify when the incident happened, but the only game O’Gara has coached since completing an earlier six-week ban was against Brive on November 5.
He was fined €15,000 (£12,925) with a further €5,000 suspended.
The ex-midfielder, who can appeal against the sanction, was cited for statements criticizing the refereeing and the organization of the championship.
The ban is due to last until January 30 and means O’Gara will be unavailable for La Rochelle’s upcoming Heineken Champions Cup pool games against Northampton Saints and Ulster.
In November 2021, O’Gara was banned for two weeks for “showing disrespect for the authority of an official” during a match against Toulon.
Then in April he was suspended for two weeks for “indiscipline” and “challenging the decisions of the officials” in a game against Racing 92, although that did not stop him leading La Rochelle to the Champions Cup of Europe
This season began with O’Gara suspended in September for six weeks for “disrespect” and “action against an official” at Lyon.