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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 October 2005, 03:38 GMT 04:38 UK
IRB punishment for referee Walsh
Steve Walsh
Walsh's attitude angered the Lions
New Zealand referee Steve Walsh has been sidelined by the International Rugby Board after a verbal clash with Shane Horgan during the Lions tour.

The official verbally abused the Irish winger during the match against Taranaki in New Zealand in June.

He will not be able to referee an international until February.

Walsh, who has already been reprimanded by the New Zealand Rugby Union, said: "That's the way it is and I have to get on with my life."

The referee whistled Horgan for a knock-on and was heard to abuse the Irish player when he questioned the decision.

The Lions officially complained about Walsh's behaviour and the IRB has now taken action.

The ban is Walsh's second following his short suspension at the 2003 World Cup in Australia for an altercation with England fitness trainer Dave Reddin.




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