Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths has hit out at the Rugby Football Union for their judgment from the Brendan Venter hearing.

The RFU released a statement confirming Sarries' director of rugby Venter will be banned from attending the Guinness Premiership final due to his 14-week touchline ban.

RFU disciplinary officer Judge Jeff Blackett said: "The response of the Saracens management to these proceedings has been very disappointing and statements on their website criticising these proceedings do the club no credit."

The statement also went on to claim Saracens "should have done more to ensure better behaviour among their staff."

The RFU added there was a "certain disdain when he [Venter] appeared at the hearing" citing the fact he had been eating a biscuit when he returned to the room and threw sweet papers across the table.

Griffiths, who expects an appeal to be held early next week, replied: "This kind of public attack on a leading club does the RFU no credit at all. We find ourselves in a ludicrous situation where Brendan Venter, our director of rugby, has been banned from attending the Premiership final because, during our recent match at Leicester, he was given a seat with a restricted view... he stood to follow the play... he was shouted down and abused by home supporters... in response, he did not swear at anybody and did not make any obscene gestures.

"Blackett's judgement borders on self-parody, citing Venter eating a biscuit as alleged evidence of disdain for the process. Why did the RFU provide biscuits if they were not to be eaten?

"Perhaps it is time for English rugby to be run like a modern professional sport, and not a rural prep school.

"It goes without saying we will appeal against Blackett's judgement."