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Rassie Erasmus apologises to Lions referee Berry and withdraws ban appeal

  • South Africa director of rugby punished for criticising officials
  • SA Rugby apologises and abandons appeal against £20,000 fine

Rassie Erasmus and South Africa Rugby have issued a brief apology to Nic Berry and other match officials involved in the first British & Irish Lions Test, performing an embarrassing U-turn by also withdrawing their appeal against World Rugby’s sanctions.

Last week Erasmus was banned for two months from all rugby activities and from matchday activities for a further 10 months having been found guilty of threatening Berry, and five other charges. SA Rugby was also found guilty of failing to ensure Erasmus complied with World Rugby’s code of conduct and fined £20,000.

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