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Munster doctor Jamie Kearns has been fined and given a suspended ban for verbally abusing Saracens hooker Jamie George.

The incident sparked a mass brawl at the end of the Heineken European Champions Cup tie at Allianz Park won by the reigning champions by 15-6.

European Rugby released a statement confirming the Munster doctor Kearns would be sanctioned for the incident against the defending European Champions after an independent committee heard a misconduct complaint against him.

Statement

The statement read: “An independent Disciplinary Committee composed of Chairman, Simon Thomas (Wales), Jean-Noël Couraud (France) and Rhian Williams (Wales), convened in London on 30 December 2019 under EPCR’s Disciplinary Rules to hear a misconduct complaint against Munster Rugby Team Doctor, Dr Jamie Kearns arising from the Heineken Champions Cup, Round 4 fixture between Saracens and Munster Rugby.

“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.

“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).

“Both Dr Kearns and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision.”

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