RFU warning to Leicester Tigers boss Cockerill
The Rugby Football Union has warned Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill about his future conduct following his outspoken comments after the controversial Aviva Premiership clash with Gloucester.
Cockerill was incensed by a series of decision from match referee Andrew Small in the game at Welford Road that Tigers won 17-12 on December 29.
"Enough is enough. It has to end," said Cockerill angry at the official's interpretations of a set-piece, which saw the visitors penalised 10 times. Cockerill claimed that Small "didn't understand the game" and that he was "guessing" on a number of crucial calls.
The RFU has now written to the Leicester boss warning him about his future comments.
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A similiar letter has also gone to Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea over comments he made about the referee after their game with London Welsh.
In a statement from the RFU this afternoon, they said: "We have urged both Directors of Rugby to use the existing agreed feedback process and reminded them that questioning the integrity of referees in future may lead to their being charged with bringing the game into disrepute under RFU Rule 5.12."