Dragons head of performance, Dan Baugh, and the Welsh side have been punished following the staff member’s actions towards referee Ben Whitehouse last week.
Baugh was seen grabbing the arm of Whitehouse during the United Rugby Championship clash with Ospreys after coming on to the field to offer water to his team.
A misconduct complaint brought against Baugh and the Dragons has been deemed to breach Championship Rule 4.13 (communicating with match officials) and Disciplinary Rules 3.2 and 3.3 (refer to unsporting conduct).
Ban for Baugh
As a result Baugh has been suspended for four games with three suspended across the course of the 2023/24 season.
The ban means that Baugh is prohibited from being in the Playing Enclosures (Pitch & Technical) areas but can sit in the stand, enter the dressing room and/or the coaches box during for this weekend’s fixture between the Dragons and Sharks in Durban.
🗣️ “Don’t you touch me!”
🏴 Referee Ben Whitehouse took exception to the Dragons' Dan Baugh. https://t.co/10uFs84YIk
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) November 20, 2023
The ruling stated that should Baugh repeat this offence or any other action deemed as misconduct throughout the rest of the season he will have to serve the remaining three games of the ban. A fine of £2,500 will also be incurred by Baugh in such a situation.
Additionally, the Dragons have been sanctioned with a suspended £5,000 fine under Disciplinary Rule 3.3.5 which refers to a club’s duty to exercise reasonable and proper control over their players and staff.
The United Rugby Championship added that “it has made it clear to its clubs and their match-day personnel and squads that unsporting or disrespectful behaviour towards match officials will not be tolerated.”
They also thanked the Dragons for “their compliance and understanding during the process and believes that this is a rare and isolated incident that is out of character with the club’s positive reputation.”