The Watsonians president Paul Di Rollo, the father of head coach and former Scotland centre Marcus, appeared before an SRU discipline panel to answer a misconduct charge arising from events in the immediate aftermath of his club's RBS National League match against Stewart's-Melville at Inverleith on October 19.
The match, which Stewart's-Melville won 14-13, ended controversially, with Watsonians replacement fly-half Mike Ker being sent off in the final minute. After which, the discipline panel, chaired by Rod McKenzie, concluded that Di Rollo:
1. Entered the field to question the referee, Gary Gordon, immediately after the match and persisted in so doing despite being asked to desist by match officials who reminded him of the "20 minutes cooling-off period" in Scottish Rugby's Code of Conduct.
2. Acted in an abusive and intimidating manner by pushing one of the assistant referees on the field.
3. Treated the referee and the assistant referees in a manner which showed a lack of respect for their authority.
With the misconduct complaint against him upheld, Di Rollo was suspended from all involvement in rugby until February 19 next year. The ban will prevent him from from attending any matches involving a Watsonians team and exclude him from attending any rugby grounds at which matches involving the Watsonians first XV are being played from two hours before kick-off until two hours after the final whistle.
Graham Ireland, the SRU's Head of Regulation said: "Abuse of match officials has no part in our game. We advised clubs at our most recent agm and earlier this season, in the strongest possible terms, that such abuse will not be tolerated. The panel's finding should act as a salutary reminder to all in the game of our seriousness in eradicating such behaviour."
Meanwhile, the SRU chairman Sir Moir Lockhead has agreed to extend his term of office for another three years. The founder and former chief executive of First Group joined the Union in 2011, and his new period of office will take him through to 2017.
Lockhead said: "I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on the Scottish Rugby Board to sustain and enhance the game of rugby in Scotland and build on the work under way."
It has also been confirmed that Dominic McKay, the Union's Director of Commercial Operations, Communications and Public Affairs, has been appointed a board member.