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Top 14 coaches face huge fines

11th August 2014 15:20

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Taking action: Goze announces new measures

Coaches in the Top 14 might have to dig deep into their pockets after new disciplinary measures were announced.

The president of the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) Paul Goze revealed to the Midi Olympique that there will be stricter provisions in place to discourage critical comments in the media.

Last season Bernard Laporte received a 16-week ban for comments made about referee Laurent Cardona, who oversaw Grenoble's shock win at Toulon.

And the new measures will focus more on the financial penalty, with the sums involved eye-watering, even for the financial giants of the Top 14.

For incidents on match days, potential fines have gone up to between €3,000 and €50,000 but the bigger punishment comes for those judged to have damaged the integrity of the Top 14, with fines that range from €50,000 to €300,000.

"There is a new article [in the regulations], targeting statements that denigrate the Top 14 and rugby in general: the bracket for those fines is from €50,000 to €300,000. With sanctions like that, anyone caught once won't be reoffending."

That will not be the only change for next season, with a new disciplinary system being introduced with regards to yellow cards.

Players will now face a one-match ban if they accumulate three yellow cards, while contesting referee's decisions will lead to penalties and then yellow cards.

Goze has also indicated that this season's Top 14 semi-finals will likely take place in the South of France, after being held in Lille and Nantes over the last two years.

  • Top 14 Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
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Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Lyon vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Toulouse vs Grenoble20:45
Sunday , November 30
Stade Francais vs Brive18:00
Friday , December 19
Bayonne vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Saturday , December 20
Toulon vs Lyon18:00
Racing Metro Paris vs La Rochelle18:00
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FixtureDetails
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Top 14
Saturday , November 8
Oyonnax 37 - 9 La Rochelle
Clermont Auvergne 51 - 9 Stade FrancaisClermont Auvergne vs Stade Francais Report
Grenoble 34 - 30 Lyon
Bordeaux-Begles 20 - 21 Toulouse
Castres 22 - 14 ToulonCastres vs Toulon Report
Racing Metro Paris 27 - 10 Bayonne
Friday , November 7
Montpellier 10 - 25 BriveMontpellier vs Brive Report
Sunday , November 2
Toulon 61 - 28 Grenoble
Saturday , November 1
Lyon 17 - 41 Toulouse
Racing Metro Paris 17 - 21 Oyonnax
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Overall 2014
Top 14 Table
PosTeamPPts
1Clermont Auvergne1136
2Toulon1133
3Stade Francais1131
4Racing Metro Paris1129
5Bordeaux-Begles1128