Gloucester Rugby's Andy Hazell: I'd like to turn clock back
EMBARRASSSED Andy Hazell admitted he wished he could replay Thursday’s Mont de Marsan clash – and wipe out his first-ever red card.
The evergreen Gloucester flanker lost his temper under the most extreme provocation of all in rugby, alleged eye gouging.
Hazell unleashed a flurry of punches on Stade Montois prop Sebastien Ormaechea, leading to his dismissal after 55 minutes in Gloucester’s 11-6 Amlin Challenge Cup victory.
Kingsholm bosses have made official complaints to citing commissioners in the wake of what they considered three deliberate and prolonged attempts to damage Hazell’s eyes.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Wednesday, May 22 2013
The Cherry and Whites submitted photographic evidence of the damage.
While accepting Hazell’s wrongdoing in reaction, Gloucester are keen to ensure Mont de Marsan’s aggressors do not go unpunished.
Lamenting his inability to stay cool in the face of mounting frustrations, Hazell 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 (it) 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.”
If the ERC find any wrongdoing, several Mont de Marsan players could face lengthy bans.
Hazell will probably face a reasonably hefty censure, but both Gloucester and the flanker will accept whatever is imposed.