Wasps coaches banned for sideline misconduct
DISCIPLINARY UPDATE: Wasps’ Scott Barrow (backs transition coach) and Pete Atkinson (head of performance) appeared before a disciplinary panel.
Both were charged with conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union and the game, contrary to RFU Rule 5.12, after they were ordered from the field of play by referee Wayne Barnes during the match between Wasps and Exeter Chiefs last Saturday, October 16.
Barrow was ordered off for interfering with play by back heeling the ball away from the pitch and blocking an Exeter Chiefs player from retrieving the ball in the second half of the match.
Atkinson was for comments made towards the referee following a try by Exeter Chiefs in the first half of the match.
Both individuals accepted the charges and the independent disciplinary panel comprising Mike Hamlin (Chairman) with Gareth Graham and Mitch Read.
“Barrow and Atkinson attended the hearing and admitted their misconduct,” The Rugby Football Union said in a statement.
“They were each suspended for a period of one week from attending the game in any other capacity than as a spectator.
“They will also be required to deliver a presentation to the non-playing members of Wasps staff on the Premiership Regulations (Schedule 2) relating to the operation of technical areas for matches, and also how their own off-field conduct was contrary to the values of the game.
“The full facts and findings will be in the full written judgment published in due course.”