Five Spain players banned for abusing referee
Rugby Europe has handed out bans to five Spain players who confronted a referee at the end of their shock defeat by Belgium in a World Cup qualifying match last month.
Scrumhalf Sebastien Rouet was handed the longest ban of 43 weeks for physical and verbal abuse of the match official, the independent judicial committee appointed by Rugby Europe said in a statement http://www.rugbyeurope.eu/decision-rugby-europe-judicial-committee.
Fellow scrumhalf Guillaume Rouet was banned for 36 weeks for the same charges. Flankers Pierre Barthere and Lucas Guillaume, as well as flyhalf Mathieu Belie, all received 14-week bans for using threatening actions and words at a match official.
A misconduct complaint against the Spanish Rugby Union will be heard at a later date, the statement added.
World Rugby said earlier this month that it would convene an independent disputes panel to review the match.