You’re right, it was. But May had a lot of people in his corner that were prepared to give him a second chance. That second chance has now been burnt.
Those same people are still in his corner. Still don't think he has done anything wrong
Which is where the issue lies. If he says he didn't mean it as some have taken it, Ivan backs his version.
Those on the board believe their version or those on the fence. Take Ivan and May word for it and come up with other sanctions.
The sponsor will still believe their version. Very messy unlike another charge would be to sort