Anxious wait for Flannery
Published 15/02/2010 | 05:00
IRELAND hooker Jerry Flannery is in danger of missing the rest of the Six Nations with a citing expected today relating to his challenge on winger Alexis Palisson during France's 33-10 win at the Stade de France on Saturday.
After the incident, referee Wayne Barnes consulted his touch judge Stuart Terheege, who thought it was a "shoulder charge", but Flannery appeared to swing his leg at Palisson, who left the field injured shortly afterwards.
Barnes awarded a penalty against Flannery but took no further action while the fact the ball was bouncing before Palisson gathered just before Flannery's challenge means the Irish camp could argue that the Limerick man was trying to connect with the ball.
If Flannery is found guilty, the lower-end entry point for kicking an opponent is four weeks but for tripping an opponent it is two weeks with the top end 12 weeks for a kick and seven weeks for a trip.