SANZAR issue warning to Waratahs coach Cheika

Super Rugby’s ruling body SANZAR have confirmed that they have issued Waratahs and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika with a warning not to make contact with match officials during Super Rugby matches.

In 2014 Cheika pleaded guilty to Misconduct relating to an incident that occurred during the Sharks v Waratahs match played at Kings Park in March last year and was on a suspended sentence until the end of August this year.

Cheika was found to have breached Section 8.3 (i) of the Sanzar Code of Conduct by verbally abusing a cameraman.

SANZAR received a formal complaint after Cheika went into the referee’s change room at half time during his team’s match against the Blues two weeks ago.

The penalty count in the match at half time was 8-1 to the Blues and in the second half the penalty count went to 9-1 in favour of the Waratahs.

In a statement SANZAR said that, “After undertaking a thorough investigation, including receiving statements from all parties involved, it was determined that Mr Cheika had approached the match referee, Jaco Peyper, in front of the other match officials to seek clarification on a scrum interpretation during the half time break of the Waratahs v Blues match.”

“In a short and polite exchange that took place in the referee’s change room, Mr Peyper responded to Mr Cheika’s request for clarification. No other issues were discussed. Both Mr Cheika and Mr Peyper have subsequently acknowledged this exchange should not have taken place and apologised.”

“There is no evidence that the referee was influenced by the exchange in his handling of the match, nor in the circumstances has there been a breach of the SANZAR Code of Conduct and no further action will be taken.”

“SANZAR has issued formal warnings to both Mr Cheika and Mr Peyper and has written to all referees and coaches, reminding them that no discussions should take place between the match officials and coaches during a match.”

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