Michael Cheika, the Stade Français Paris Director of Rugby, appeared before an independent Disciplinary Committee in Dublin today (Tuesday, 19 July, 2011) to answer misconduct complaints in relation to events which took place during and after the Amlin Challenge Cup final between Harlequins and Stade Français Paris at Cardiff City Stadium on Friday, 20 May, 2011.
The first complaint against Mr Cheika was that, during the half time interval and/or after the conclusion of the Amlin Challenge Cup final, he made comments to and/or near the match officials that were insulting and/or offensive and/or disparaging and/or intimidatory, and/or that he conducted himself towards the match officials in a way that was insulting and/or offensive and/or disparaging and/or intimidatory.
The second complaint against Mr Cheika was that, after the conclusion of the Amlin Challenge Cup final, he made comments to an employee of ERC that were insulting and/or offensive and/or disparaging and/or intimidatory.
The independent Disciplinary Committee was chaired by Simon Thomas (Wales) and also comprised Mark McParland (Ireland) and Antony Davies (England). ERC Disciplinary Officer, Roger O’Connor, presented the case against Mr Cheika who was represented by John O’Donnell SC and Richard Pool-Jones, vice-president of Stade Francais Paris.
Following submissions from both parties, the independent Disciplinary Committee concluded the hearing and its decision will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday, 20 July, 2011).
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