1 May 2014

Waratahs coach handed suspended 6-months ban

12:39 pm on 1 May 2014

The New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has been given a suspended six-month ban by Super Rugby's governing body after he admitted abusing a cameraman in South Africa during a match late last month.

Cheika was found guilty of using crude, insulting or abusive language during his team's loss to the Sharks in Durban.

Judicial officer Nigel Hampton found that Cheika had abused the cameraman at least twice shortly after halftime, with accompanied finger pointing, and swore at him on at least one further occasion.

He also found Cheika made false accusations, and fabricated witness evidence was made on his behalf.

The ban is suspended until Aug. 31st next year, and Cheika was ordered to pay costs of $A6,000, and apologise to the cameraman.