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Bath, Sale and Pau players cited, two for alleged eye contact

By Liam Heagney
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Three players have been cited following last weekend’s opening round of European action in the Champions and Challenge Cup tournaments, two following complaints about alleged contact with the eye of an opposing player. Will Muir of Bath and Daniel Ramsay of Pau have both been accused of interfering with the eye area while Sale’s Nick Schonert must answer a case against him about dangerously entering a maul in Swansea. All three hearings will take place virtually on Wednesday.  

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As EPCR statement outlined the citing complaints against all three players read: “Muir is alleged to have made contact with the eye of Leinster flanker Josh van der Flier in the 14th minute of the Champions Cup match last Saturday in contravention of law 9.12.

“Philippe Cavalieros (France) chair, Val Toma (Romania) and Chris Watts (Wales) have been appointed as the independent disciplinary committee for the hearing which will take place by video conference on Wednesday. The complaint was made by match citing commissioner Jeff Mark (Wales).

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“Schonert is alleged to have entered a maul dangerously making contact with Ospreys prop Gareth Thomas above the line of the shoulder in the 38th minute of the Champions Cup match on Sunday in contravention of law 9.20 (b).

“Owain Rhys James (Wales) chair, Rod McKenzie (Scotland) and Tony Wheat (England) have been appointed as the independent disciplinary committee for the hearing. The complaint was made by match citing commissioner John Montgomery (Scotland).

“Ramsay is alleged to have made contact with the eye of the London Irish second row (No 5) in the 44th minute of last Saturday’s Challenge Cup match in contravention of law 9.12. Pat Barriscale (Ireland) chair, Marcello d’Orey (Portugal) and David Humphreys (Ireland) have been appointed as the independent disciplinary committee for the hearing. The complaint was made by match citing commissioner Gary Gordon (Scotland).”

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