In Brief: Ugly brawl mars Gloucester game
Published 13/10/2012 | 05:00
Gloucester are set to seek sanctions against at least one Mont-de-Marsan player over alleged eye-gouging in their ugly Amlin Challenge Cup opener in France.
Gloucester's Andy Hazell was sent off in the 55th minute for punching an opposing player. Hazell (34) could face a lengthy ban, while three other players received yellow cards for unrelated incidents.
Gloucester won the Pool One encounter 11-6 at Stade Guy Boniface. Hazell will now face a disciplinary hearing, but Gloucester boss Nigel Davies said Hazell's eye was "severely sore and very red". "We'll speak to the citing commissioner," he added.
"We can't condone what was done from a Gloucester view, but that was a reaction to what went on before. We will take our punishment, but they need to take their punishment too."
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