ERC weighing up evidence as disciplinary fallout looms
Published 14/12/2010 | 05:00
The citing commissioner has up to 50 hours from the kick-off, ie until 3.0 this afternoon, to potentially point out any other offences that may have been missed by the officials on the day.
"The disciplinary officer may forward any citing complaint to a citing officer (or 'gatekeeper') to determine whether there are sufficient grounds for the citing complaint to proceed," according to the ERC.
"If a citing complaint is to proceed, the disciplinary officer will then bring a complaint against the cited player before an independent judicial officer."
The Ospreys have already applied unsubtle pressure on the authorities to act, following coach Jonathan Humphreys' incendiary post-match comments.
"It's a very similar thing that happened to Gavin Henson and unfortunately he got 16 weeks for an offence like that," he said. "We play against Paul a lot. We've got a lot of admiration for him as a player, so it's disappointing for him he could miss a large chunk of the season now.
"He (Thomas) was a little unsure of himself, had a bit of a knock to the head there. It (replacing him) was something we were possibly thinking of doing throughout that period but he couldn't carry on because he was unfit to carry on."
Meanwhile, Connacht boss Eric Elwood has suffered a bad blow with experienced prop Brett Wilkinson set to be out of action for a month with a shoulder injury.
The South African, who is Irish qualified, suffered the injury in the 20-9 loss to Harlequins at the Stoop on Sunday evening.
He will miss the return match at the Sportsground on Friday and Magners League games against Munster and Leinster, while Johnny O'Connor (back) and Miah Nikora (groin) are also nursing injuries but Elwood is confident they will be fit for Friday's rematch.
Elwood was disappointed that his side did not win on Sunday but their failure to turn possession into scores meant they fell to fifth successive defeat.