Saturday 22 July 2017

Bundee Aki facing disciplinary hearing over his treatment of referee during Leinster derby

Bundee Aki of Connacht is tackled by Dominic Ryan of Leinster during the Guinness PRO12 Round 20 match between Connacht and Leinster at the Sportsground in Galway
Bundee Aki of Connacht is tackled by Dominic Ryan of Leinster during the Guinness PRO12 Round 20 match between Connacht and Leinster at the Sportsground in Galway
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

BUNDEE AKI faces an anxious wait to learn what sort of role he will have in the rest of Connacht’s season as he goes before a disciplinary hearing in Wales tomorrow.

The centre has been charged with misconduct for “his behaviour to and remarks directed toward referee Ian Davies during and immediately after” Connacht’s loss to Leinster on April 15.

A two-man Guinness PRO12 committee chaired by Robert Morris will review the incident and investigate whether the centre’s actions merit further action.

Aki received a warning for his behaviour from Davies in the 76th minute of the 37-24 loss and remonstrated further with the Welsh referee after full-time.

Connacht have two regular fixtures remaining and will be praying any potential ban does not extend beyond those games given they will enter the play-off series to try and qualify  for next season’s European Champions Cup.

If they finish eighth, they will face the Premiership’s seventh-placed team. If they win that game, they’ll host the winner of the seventh-placed Top 14 side and Cardiff Blues for a place in the top competition.

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