Remember John Mitchell? That bald oke that apparently used to be considered something of a saviour in Lions country, but very quickly turned pariah, with the union opting to suspend their coach towards the end of Super Rugby? Well, it seems his disciplinary hearing is finally due to get under way, after being postponed a month or so back.
According to Pieter Jordaan from Beeld, the hearing will start again next Monday and Mitchell’s agency has finally shed some light on the charges that he will face, while insisting that all charges will be fought and that the coach is determined to part ways with the Lions with his name cleared.
The charges appear to allege that Mitchell, inter alia:
- used derogatory language towards players
- placed undue pressure on injured players to train and to play
- breached the terms of his contract by making unauthorised public statements
There we go – now we know at least exactly what Mitch is meant to have done. Now let’s see whether he can afford a better legal team than the Lions can. Then again, given that union’s recent run of poor form in the courtroom, it can’t be hard, can it?Tweet