Leicester Tigers boss Geordan Murphy has been charged with abusing a match official after his side's loss to Bath on May 18th, and will now come before a disciplinary panel next week.
Leicester would lose that game 32-31, a defeat which condemned them to a 10th placed finish in the Aviva Premiership table. The official charge levelled at Murphy is 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game', which includes one charge of verbally abusing a match official, as well a charge of failing to respect the authority of a match official.
He will appear before an independent disciplinary panel on May 29th. If found guilty, he will face a minimum six-week ban, with a maximum suspension of one year in extreme cases.
This is the final blow of a bitterly disappointing season for Leicester, who were involved in a relegation battle for much of the campaign. While they would ultimately secure their top flight status, it is expected that there will be major ramifications for such a poor showing.
Leicester are one of the most decorated clubs in English rugby, and will be expecting a much improved campaign next season.