Earls in danger of missing All Blacks clash as disciplinary hearing confirmed

The Munster wing could face a suspension for his dangerous tackle on Fraser Brown.

KEITH EARLS WILL face an independent disciplinary committee in London tomorrow, following his red card against Glasgow in Saturday’s Champions Cup clash at Thomond Park.

The Ireland international will be hoping to escape a ban, particularly with a Test against the All Blacks in Chicago now just two weekends away.

However, suspensions for dangerous tackling carry a low-end entry point of four weeks, meaning Earls will go into tomorrow’s hearing with some concern.

Keith Earls is sent off by Referee Jerome Garces Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Earls was red-carded by referee Jérôme Garcès in the 19th minute of Munster’s win over Glasgow for a dangerous tackle on Fraser Brown.

EPCR has confirmed that the incident will be considered at an independent disciplinary hearing in London tomorrow, with Mike Hamlin [England] Roddy Dunlop QC [Scotland] and Andrea Caranci [Italy] appointed to the committee.

Earls’ offence falls under Law 10.4 (j), which relates to dangerous tackling – “Lifting a player from the ground and either dropping or driving that player’s head and/or upper body into the ground while the player’s feet are off the ground.”

The low-end suspension for such an offence is four weeks, with the mid-range entry point standing at eight weeks and the top-end ban being 12 to 52 weeks.

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Meanwhile, Zebre hooker Oliviero Fabiani faces his own disciplinary hearing tomorrow, after a red card for a biting offence in last weekend’s meeting with Connacht.

Law 10.4 (m), for acts contrary to good sportsmanship, carries the threat of a top-end suspension of 24 to 208 weeks.

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