14 May 2011

Chabal ordered to referee matches

6:38 am on 14 May 2011

The French rugby player Sebastien Chabal has been ordered to referee at least three youth games and undergo a refereeing course to avoid a doubling of his 30-day ban for criticising officials.

Chabal was provisionally suspended by his Racing Metro team last month after an outburst when he descibed referees as hopeless.

The long-haired back-rower now faces a 60-day ban unless he agrees to the unusual requests from the union, in which case he will be suspended for only 30 days.

The ban means Chabal will miss the Top 14 play-offs.

Chabal's been left out of the French World Cup squad and reports in France say he's now expected to announce his international retirement.