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Geordan Murphy Charged With Abusing Match Official After Leicester Loss To Bath

Geordan Murphy Charged With Abusing Match Official After Leicester Loss To Bath

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.

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Leicester are one of the most decorated clubs in English rugby, and will be expecting a much improved campaign next season.

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Gary Connaughton

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