Gloucester Rugby: Andy Hazell eye gouging probe
FRUSTRATED Gloucester bosses admitted they would cite Mont de Marsan for making illegal contact with Andy Hazell's eye in last night's 11-6 victory.
Gloucester stalwart Hazell lost his cool and was sent off for fighting in the Cherry and Whites' Amlin Challenge Cup victory at Stade Guy Boniface.
The Kingsholm club believe the 34-year-old suffered three bouts of gouging – though Gloucester boss Nigel Davies stopped short of using that term.
Writing on his Twitter account Hazell said he had been embarassed by his actions:
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He tweeted: “Never had a red in 12 years, extremely embarrassed by my actions.
“It was the third time someone tried to severely injury me and I reacted.
“In a way I wish I could take back.
“But when you are in that situation you don’t know how you would react.
“Also well done to the boys on grinding out a good away win and thanks to the travelling supporters.”
Rugby director Davies said Gloucester took pictures of Hazell's damaged eyes, to form part of their citing report.
Admitting Hazell should have kept his cool, along with Matt Cox who was sin-binned for his retaliation, Davies was at least pleased Gloucester left France with victory.
He explained: "We'll speak to the citing commissioner and there will be something done there.
"We can't condone what was done from a Gloucester view, but that was a reaction to what went on before.
"We'll take our punishment but I think they need to take theirs too.
"We'll look at the video and from what I've seen already I'm sure we will make a complaint.
"The doctor's had a look at Andy's eye, it was severely sore and very red.
"And we took some pictures of that, because that was damning evidence in its own right.
"He's disappointed with himself, but I think there were three incidents before that with the same player, and he's caught him off the ball again, and unfortunately Andy snapped.
"At least we came through with a result though, and we adapted very well."