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Barnes officials banned - points could be lost - Season Archive 2004/5

By Nick Bradley

Barnes RFC coach Michael White and chairman Neil Hay have been suspended by the Rugby Football Union for bringing the game into disrepute and the club have been deducted points, suspended until the end of the season. A Rugby Union spokesman said: "The points deduction will only apply if another offence is committed."

By Tony Flood

White and Hay were charged under RFU rule 5.12 with verbally abusing the referee during the London Two South game between Barnes and Dartfordians on October 2. RFU Rule 5.12 deals with "conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union and the Game".

White was found not guilty on two charges but found guilty of abusing the match official during the totality of the game and is suspended from coaching involvement on match days for six weeks. Barnes have been deducted eight league points, suspended until the end of the season.

Hay pleaded guilty to the charge and was suspended from club duties for four weeks. His club has been deducted a further six points, suspended until the end of the season.

Barnes were also fined £200 and ordered to pay the £150 costs of the hearing. The case was heard by the panel of Jonathan Dance, Peter Trunkfield and David Hurst at the London Bloomsbury Holiday Inn on Tuesday.

Richmond & Twickenham Times

Where next?

Richmond homecoming for Barnes boss - Season Archive 2011/12 Back to what you know: Barnes director of rugby Brett Taylor When Richmond and Barnes go head-to-head at the Athletic Ground tonight, the match will hold a special significance for Barnes director of rugby Brett Taylor.


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