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Michael Hooper could be in big trouble for throwing this punch in the win over Argentina

The incident wasn’t seen by the officials at the time.

This is not what you want to see.
This is not what you want to see.
Image: PA Archive/PA Images

AUSTRALIAN FLANKER MICHAEL Hooper could face a lengthy ban after he was cited for alleged foul play during the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship win over Argentina last night.

TV replays show Hooper throwing a punch at Argentina’s Nicolas Sanchez during the second-half of the visitors’ 34-9 bonus-point victory in Mendoza.

A statement released by governing body SANZAR on Sunday stated that the 23-year-old is ‘alleged to have contravened Law 10.4 (a) Punching or striking an opponent.’

“The case is to be considered in the first instance by SANZAR Duty Judicial Officer Chris Morris,” the statement read.

“All SANZAR disciplinary matters are in the first instance referred to a Duty Judicial Officer hearing to provide the option of expediting the judicial process.

“For a matter to be dispensed with at this hearing, the person appearing must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by the DJO.”

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