Australia head coach Michael Cheika could find himself in hot water because of his behaviour during his side’s record 30-6 loss to England on Saturday.
According to Sky Sports News, a spokesperson for the Autumn International Disciplinary board told them that they are aware of comments made by the former Leinster and Waratahs boss in the coaches’ booth after an incident-packed game, and that they are weighing up whether or not to take disciplinary action against the 50-year-old.
Cheika, who led Australia to the 2015 Rugby Championship title as well as to the final of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, seemed to be aggravated by various decisions made by the match officials on duty, referee Ben O’Keeffe and Simon McDowell, the TV match official.
Following skipper Michael Hooper’s record eighth international yellow card at the end of the first half, the former Randwick forward was allegedly seen on TV cameras mouthing a swear word before uttering the word ”cheats” as his frustrations seemingly got the better of him.
Disallowed tries by Michael Hooper, Marika Koroibete and a Kurtley Beale yellow card left him extremely frustrated in a high-intensity encounter played in terrible conditions at HQ.
Any disciplinary issues occurring during the autumn internationals are being dealt with by a single panel, the same panel who handled the Six Nations.
The panel has previously shown that they are not afraid to mete out justice after slapping a £26,000 fine on experienced French lock Yoann Maestri after the Toulouse forward criticised Wayne Barnes following his team’s controversial Six Nations win over Wales in March.
Cheika, who saw his side’s seven-match unbeaten run come to an end over the weekend as well as suffering a fifth consecutive loss to his team’s traditional rivals, will be hoping things don’t get any worse in the coming days as they prepare to take on Scotland in the final match of their season.