Gold found guilty of misconduct directed at TMO

Gary Gold admitted to the charge after he had approached the TMO on two separate occasions.

FILE: Gary Gold. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - Sharks' Director of Rugby, Gary Gold, has been found guilty of misconduct under the SANZAAR Code of Conduct following the Sharks v Crusaders match on 26 March 2016.

Gold admitted to the charge after he had approached the TMO on two separate occasions and had used crude and insulting language in the second half of the match.

Gold will be fined A$5000 for each of the two breaches under competition rules (a total of A$10,000) and a further A$5000 for the SANZAAR Code of Conduct breach, of which A$2500 is to be suspended for a 12 month period.

Gold was formally reprimanded and issued with a warning as to the likely consequences of further unacceptable behaviour.

He was 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.

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