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Another Pau coach cited for incident with an official

By Ian Cameron
Referee Hollie Davidson looks on during the New Zealand 2021 Womens Rugby World Cup final match between New Zealand and England at Eden Park in Auckland on November 12, 2022. (Photo by Michael Bradley / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP via Getty Images)

Section Paloise’s attack coach Geoffrey Lanne-Petit has been cited for verbally abusing assistant referee Hollie Davidson during a Challenge Cup last month.

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The EPCR have brought proceeding over a month after the match between Pau and the Cheetahs on December 10th, which Pau lost 21-16 at Stade du Hameau.

Pau head coach Sébastien Piqueronies has already been banned for physically abusing referee Sam Grove-White during the match. Piqueronies was reported for allegedly physically abusing Grove-White, but found guilty of the less serious offence of using threatening words and actions by an independent disciplinary committee.

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He was banned for 10 weeks from any match-day contact with the Pau playing squad, including access to the technical zone, pitchside, dressing rooms, any team areas and team communications systems.

Now his attack coach has also been cited some five weeks later for some bad-tempered game.

A statement reads: “EPCR has decided to bring misconduct complaints against the Section Paloise Attack Coach, Geoffrey Lanne-Petit, and against Section Paloise arising from the club’s EPCR Challenge Cup, Round 1 match against the Toyota Cheetahs at Stade du Hameau on Saturday, 10 December 2022.

“Lanne-Petit is alleged to have committed an act of misconduct in contravention of EPCR’s Disciplinary Rules in that he verbally abused the Assistant Referee, Hollie Davidson (Scotland), following the conclusion of the match.

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“Also, unidentified Section Paloise players, or persons connected with the club, are alleged to have committed acts of misconduct in contravention of EPCR’s Disciplinary Rules in that they harassed the match officials following the conclusion of the match.

“Gareth Graham (England), Chair, David Humphreys (Ireland) and Donal Courtney (Ireland) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing which will take place by video conference tomorrow (Tuesday 17 January).”

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