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Gold found guilty & fined for TMO contact

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Sharks head coach Gary Gold has been found guilty of misconduct and fined A$15,000 (170,105.12 ZAR) for approaching the TMO (twice) in his team’s loss to the Crusaders two weeks ago.

Gold attended a SANZAAR Judicial Hearing conducted by Nigel Hampton QC (New Zealand) in which he admitted a charge of Misconduct, which also involved two breaches of the Super Rugby Competition Rules, by engaging with the Television Match Official (TMO) during the second half of the match on 26 March 2016.

Gold was subsequently found guilty of Misconduct under the SANZAAR Code of Conduct.

In his finding Mr Hampton QC concluded that, by his own admission, Mr Gold had approached the TMO on two separate occasions (65th and 71st minutes) and had used crude and insulting language toward the Match Official.

It was found that, by his actions, Mr Gold had clearly breached Super Rugby Competition Rule 3.8 (7) “That no person may engage, or attempt to engage with a TMO during a Match in relation to the TMOs officiating in the Match.”

Mr Hampton also found that Mr Gold’s actions had breached the SANZAAR Code of Conduct Section 8.3 (l) which states: “All persons shall not use crude, insulting or abusive language towards Match Officials.”

Mr Hampton confirmed that Mr Gold should be fined A$5000 for each of the two breaches of Rule 3.8 (7) as permitted under competition rules (a total of A$10,000/113,306.11 ZAR) and a further A$5000 (56,653.05 ZAR) for the SANZAAR Code of Conduct breach, of which A$2500 (28,336.59 ZAR) is to be suspended for a 12 month period.

Mr Gold was formally reprimanded, issued with a warning as to the likely consequences of further unacceptable behavior, and told that any further Code of Conduct breach within 12 months would result in the suspended A$2500 becoming immediately payable. He was also ordered to pay SANZAAR’s costs of A$1000 (11.3346 ZAR).

Mr Gold has unreservedly apologised for his behavior to the TMO, Mr Johan Greeff, and agreed that this type of behaviour has no place in the game.

The Judicial Officer directed that, save for the SANZAAR Chief Executive Officer responding to the media in terms consistent with this media release, no person involved in the proceedings will make any further comment in respect of this matter.

The Sharks had a try disallowed in the 65th minute for a player being ahead of the kicker and the Crusaders scored a decisive try in the 71st minute of the match.

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