Quade Cooper cops three match ban, $60k fine
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Quade Cooper of Australia looks on during a Wallabies match(AFP PHOTO / Michael Bradley)
After a four-hour hearing in front of a three-man ARU Conduct Tribunal, Quade Cooper has been found guilty of two charges of bringing the code into disrepute following his controversial statements.
Cooper has copped a three match ban from Super Rugby or Wallabies Tests (suspended for two years), plus a huge up front fine of $40,000, with a further $20,000 suspended for two years.
The fines were for social media comments ($10,000) made on September 22 and social media and mainstream media comments ($50,000), totalling $60,000.
Cooper was summoned to appear after a number of criticisms which included calling the Wallabies set-up a toxic environment.
He addressed the large media contingent after the hearing, but didn’t take any questions.
“It was a very fair hearing and I was very happy with the outcome,” Cooper said.
“Obviously, the sentence that has been handed to me, I have full respect for that and I understand that I fell well below par in what it means to be a Wallaby.
“For all the supporters that are out there, my apologies.
“From now on, I’m just looking forward to the future – hopefully having a big year, with not only my state, but the Wallabies.
“And I’m very much looking forward to overcoming my injury and getting back out on the field.”