30 Apr 2014

Waratahs coach guilty of misconduct

6:03 am on 30 April 2014

The Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has pleaded guilty to misconduct after verbally abusing a camerman during his side's loss to the Sharks in Durban last month.

In a hearing conducted by SANZAR Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton QC (New Zealand), Cheika was found to have breached Section 8.3 (i) of the SANZAR Code of Conduct, after repeatedly telling a camerman to "F-Off".

Cheika has been suspended from involvement of any kind in all forms of rugby at any level for a period of six months, with the ban suspended until August 2015.

The ban would be triggered by a subsequent breach of the applicable Code of Conduct.

Cheika was also ordered to write an appropriate letter of apology to the SuperSport cameraman and meet SANZAR's costs of $NZ 7000.