Mont de Marsan prop Morgan Phelipponneau awaiting verdict over 'punching'
MONT de Marsan prop Morgan Phelipponneau will find out today whether he faces punishment for punching Shaun Knight in the head on Saturday.
Gloucester made a citing complaint against the French front-rower, for allegedly striking tighthead prop Knight in the Cherry and Whites' 36-16 Kingsholm victory.
Kingsholm rugby director Nigel Davies said immediately after the match that Phelipponneau had 'kicked Shaun Knight twice in the head'.
But after reviewing the footage, Gloucester's final official complaint was changed to reflect the fact they believe Phelipponneau actually punched Knight rather than kicked him.
The confusion arose given Knight was struck when he was prostrate on the turf, with his face in the mud.
He naturally assumed he had been kicked, and relayed that to Gloucester bosses.
Gloucester eventually submitted two citings for punches, in the same incident, and ERC disciplinary bosses have decided to take one forward to a hearing.
The case will be heard in Dublin today.
Davies and Gloucester have been especially keen for this case to be scrutinised properly, after their frustrations with the fallout of their 11-6 victory at Mont de Marsan in October.
Flanker Andy Hazell was sent off for throwing a flurry of punches, reacting to intense provocation, that Gloucester alleged was eye gouging.
No case was brought against any Mont de Marsan player, leaving Gloucester nonplussed.
The Cherry and Whites will await today's hearing with interest.