Munster Rugby team doctor Jamie Kearns has been handed a three-week touchline ban for his comments on Saracens hooker Jamie George during the European Champions Cup clash between the two teams last month.
An independent Disciplinary Committee composed of Chairman, Simon Thomas (Wales), Jean-Noël Couraud (France) and Rhian Williams (Wales) held a hearing on 30th December after EPCR decided to launch an investigation into the issue that led to brawl involving 30 players during the second half of the game.
It was reported that Dr Kearns made a remark about George's weight that triggered the brawl and as a result the panel decided to hand him a three-week touchline ban along with a fine of 2,000 euros (£1,700).
"The independent panel found that, during the match at Allianz Park on Saturday 14 December, Dr Kearns verbally abused the Saracens player, Jamie George, and that in doing so, Dr Kearns breached the EPCR Disciplinary Rules," read a statement released by the committee.
The independent Disciplinary Committee took into account the immediate expression of remorse shown by Dr Kearns and determined that he serve a three-week touchline ban, suspended for a period of 12 months and pay a fine of €2,000 (due immediately)".