CHALLENGE CUP – Sébastien Piqueronies had already paid the price for his behavior during the first European match of the season and it seems that the EPCR does not want to stop there. This Monday evening, an independent EPCR disciplinary committee decided to file a complaint against Geoffrey Lanne-Petit as well as against the club from the Section Paloise following infringements which allegedly took place during the first Challenge Cup match against the Cheetahs. .
The Pau Section has not finished talking about it… In any case the EPCR does not seem to have turned the page on the incidents that would have occurred during the first day of the Challenge Cup against the Toyota Cheetahs. In a statement, an independent EPCR Disciplinary Committee explained: “The EPCR has decided to file a complaint for misconduct against the attack and transitions coach of the Paloise Section, Geoffrey Lanne-Petit, and against the club of the Paloise Section.
Geoffrey Lanne-Petit is “suspected of breaching EPCR’s disciplinary regulations by insulting assistant referee Hollie Davidson (Scotland) after the end of the match.” In addition to that, “unidentified players from the Section Paloise or people linked to the club are suspected of having committed breaches of the EPCR disciplinary regulations by harassing the match officials after leaving the field”, states the press release.
Gareth Graham (England), chairman, David Humphreys (Ireland) and Donal Courtney (Ireland) have been appointed to form the independent Disciplinary Commission for the disciplinary hearing which will take place by videoconference on Tuesday 17 January.
Piqueronies already suspended ten weeks for misconduct
As a reminder, the manager of the Pau Section had been suspended for ten weeks in mid-December for misconduct during the same match against the South Africans.
The Pau manager reacted immediately by fully assuming the consequences of his actions and accepting the sanction: “I am well aware of having taken part in a situation which could damage the image of rugby, even if I consider that this is above all the consequence of a misunderstanding. I assume it by accepting the sanction. I have always had and always will have the greatest respect for the referees and officials of our sport. We now need to look ahead and mobilize all our energies towards our next sporting events which are extremely exciting for our team and the club.”