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Bernard Jackman Receives Stadium Ban For Referee Criticism

Bernard Jackman Dragons

Bernard Jackman has been given a four-week stadium ban, with the final two weeks suspended until the end of the season, due to the comments the former Ireland hooker made in the aftermath of the Dragons’ loss to the Cardiff Blues in October. 

The Dragons lost to the Cardiff Blues 15-23 at Rodney Parade and a week later, Jackman made comments about referee Ian Davies’ decisions which he labelled “very strange” and “very poor” while also commenting, “the only consistent thing with Ian [Davies] is his inconsistency.”

As a result of his ban, Jackman will miss the Dragons’ home fixtures with Edinburgh and Leinster on 25 November and 1st December, respectively – both matches will be played at Rodney Parade.

Bernard Jackman Dragons

“Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman has been found guilty of a breach of code of conduct in relation to comments regarding the refereeing of his side’s loss to Cardiff Blues on Saturday, 6 October,” a WRU statement read.

“Jackman has received a four-week stadium ban, effective immediately, from Dragons matches, of which two weeks will be suspended until the end of the season and only imposed if there is any further breach.”

The Dragons are currently rock bottom of Conference B with just two wins to their name this season. They trail the Southern Kings by two points who themselves are second from bottom.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter