19 May 2010

Venter gets 14-week sideline ban

1:29 pm on 19 May 2010

The Saracens director of rugby Brendan Venter will have to watch the English Premiership final against Leicester at the end of the month from the Twickenham stands after he was handed a 14-week touchline ban.

The South African was found guilty by the Rugby Football Union of making "provocative/inappropriate" gestures and comments to spectators during the league match at Leicester earlier this month.

Venter was suspended for 10 weeks while the RFU's disciplinary panel activated a suspended four-week ban imposed in January for implied criticism of a referee.

Venter's action provoked a reaction from the Leicester supporters which required steward intervention... he then continued to gesture at the Leicester fans.

A charge of pushing a female Leicester supporter was dismissed by the panel.