Eye-gouging cloud hangs over Bok

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:11
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DISCIPLINARY UPDATE: South Africa could be without the services of one of their key loose forwards for their year-end tour, with an eye-gouging cloud hanging over his head.

Bok flank Francois Louw faces a lengthy ban after an eye-gouging incident during the Bath's European Championship clash against Benetton last weekend.

Louw has been cited for allegedly making contact with the eye area of the Benetton second row, Marco Fuser in the 77th minute of the match in contravention of Law 10.4 (m) contact with the eye area.

While it isn’t clear if he has tried to gouge his opponent in this instance, his hands are visibly placed on the opposition players face.

If found guilty,  the flank could be out for weeks and could miss South Africa's end of year tour to the Northern Hemisphere in November and December.

The Springbok squad for the end of year tour will be confirmed on Sunday, October 29 - the day after the Currie Cup final - and the squad will assemble in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 31 October.
 
South Africa's opponents during their month-long European tour are Ireland (November 11, Dublin), France (November 18, Paris), Italy (November 25, Padova) and Wales (December 2, Cardiff).

Meanwhile, Benetton second row Fuser also face a lengthy ban for his role in the altercation with Louw.

Fuser is alleged to have bitten Louw, which is in contravention of Law 10.4 (m) Biting.

Law 10.4 (m), biting, carries the following sanction entry points - Low End: 12 weeks; Mid-range: 18 weeks; Top end: 24 to 208 weeks.

The two complaints were made by the match Citing Commissioner, Tim Lowry (Ireland).

Antony Davies (England), Chairman, Achille Reali (Italy) and Becky Essex (England) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearings which will take place on Wednesday,  October 18 in London.

Source: @Rugbypass Rugbypass

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