French forward Sebastien Chabal must referee at least three youth games and undergo a refereeing course to avoid a doubling of his ban for criticising officials, France’s rugby union said in a statement on Thursday.
Chabal, 33, the highest profile omission from France’s World Cup squad announced on Wednesday, was provisionally suspended by his Racing Metro 92 team last month after an outburst against “hopeless” referees.
The long-haired back-rower now faces a 60-day ban unless he agrees to the unusual requests from the union, in which case he will be suspended for only 30 days.
Media reports have speculated that Chabal could announce his international retirement after Wednesday’s snub for the September 9-October 23 tournament in New Zealand.
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