Six Nations 2015: Finn Russell cited for dangerous tackle
Glasgow Warriors and Scotland stand-off to face disciplinary hearing after taking out Dan Biggar in the air during defeat to Wales
Finn Russell faces a disciplinary hearing later this week after his yellow card in Sunday’s Six Nations clash between Scotland and Wales.
My initial reaction was the first one was red…But I am looking at it from a Welsh perspective
The Glasgow Warriors stand-off was sent to the sin bin by referee Glen Jackson after upending opposite number Dan Biggar in the 31st minute.
Jackson came to his decision after asking to look again at the incident and deciding on a yellow card, but a number of pundits and Wales head coach Warren Gatland believed Russell deserved a red.
“My initial reaction was the first one was red and the second one I am not sure,” Gatland said at his post-match press conference.
“But I am looking at it from a Welsh perspective.
“Again the referee has made the call and you have to live with the decision and move on.”
But the Scotland player could still receive a further punishment after Citing Commissioner Eugene Ryan (Ireland) referred the incident for a hearing that will take place before an independent Six Nations Disciplinary Committee.
If the complaint is upheld, Russell could expect a two-week suspension, which would rule him out of Scotland’s next Six Nations match against Italy at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 28 February and their away trip to face England, if the panel determines that the player would not have been available for selection for Glasgow Warriors’ clash with Ospreys in the Guinness PRO12 this Saturday.
France lock Pascal Pape has also been cited for striking Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip with his knee during their 18-11 defeat in Dublin.
The forward received a yellow card from referee Wayne Barnes in the second half, but the incident was cited by Stefano Marrama (Italy).