Leinster scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park has been cited by EPCR after a complaint stemming from his side’s first-leg win in the Heineken Champions Cup round of 16 against Connacht last Friday.
Ibson-Park is alleged to have committed a dangerous tackle to his Connacht opponent, Kieran Marmion, in the 56th minute of play, in violation of rule 9.13.
The Leinster player received a yellow card for the offense at the time.
Philippe Cavalieros (France), Chair, Yannick Jauzion (France) and Mitchell Read (England) have been appointed as the independent Disciplinary Committee for the hearing, which will take place via videoconference on Tuesday evening.
The complaint was filed by Match Citing Commissioner Maurizio Vancini of Italy.
With a two-week suspension for a misdemeanor at the low end and up to 10-52 weeks at the highest end of the spectrum, the Ireland international will miss this Friday’s second leg if the charge is upheld.
Gibson-Park found an unlikely ally after the game when Connacht boss Andy Friend spoke out in his favour.
“I thought it was a yellow. I think there’s so much conjecture around these things right now. For me there was one angle that didn’t make it look good, there were two other angles that you didn’t think there was much more it could do,” Freund said.
“Now he’s definitely slammed his shoulder in the face but I think we have to watch out there’s a game. I didn’t think there was an intention.
“I didn’t think Tom Daly’s tackle a few weeks ago (against Leinster) was intentional. There were other circumstances. This one had a second defender so you can understand one player, Kieran, falling.
“Honestly I was fine with that but you just don’t know at this point if it’s going to play on, yellow card, red card. I thought the right decision was made.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/champions-cup/leinsters-jamison-gibson-park-cited-for-alleged-dangerous-tackle-on-connachts-kieran-marmion-41546766.html Leinster’s Jamison Gibson-Park is cited for allegedly dangerous attacks on Connacht’s Kieran Marmion