Kyle Sinckler will MISS England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland next month after picking up a two-week ban for saying ‘are you f*****g serious?’ to a referee during Bristol’s win over Exeter
- Kyle Sinckler will sit out England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland
- The Bears prop has been banned for two weeks after swearing at a referee
- Sinckler said: ‘Are you f*****g serious?’ afer Karl Dickson failed to award a foul
- It came during Bristol’s 20-7 Gallagher Premiership victory over Exeter Chiefs
Kyle Sinckler will miss England’s opening Guinness Six Nations match against Scotland after receiving a two-week ban for failing to respect the authority of a referee.
Sinckler appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel after being cited for the incident which took place in Bristol’s Gallagher Premiership victory over Exeter on Saturday.
The 27-year-old Bears prop said to referee Karl Dickson ‘are you f*****g serious?’ after the official ruled there had been no foul play in a tackle by England colleague Luke Cowan-Dickie.
Kyle Sinckler will sit out England’s Six Nations clash against Scotland after picking up a ban
Sinckler contested the charge but it was upheld and he is free to play again on February 9, making him available for the Six Nations round two fixture against Italy at Twickenham.
He apologised for the outburst straight after the game, admitting it was ‘not the example I want to be setting’.
‘While Kyle Sinckler accepted that he used foul language at the referee, he did not accept the conduct warranted a red card,’ the independent disciplinary panel said.
‘The panel viewed the live recordings of the incident and were satisfied that his shout of ‘are you f*****g serious?’ was aggressive and directed at the referee.’
The prop had used foul language towards referee Karl Dickson in Bristol’s win over Exeter
England coach Eddie Jones (R) will have Sinckler back for the second game against Italy
It was also decided at the hearing that Dickson had already explained to Sinckler that he believed Cowan-Dickie had attempted to wrap his arms in the tackle, at which point the Bristol tighthead swore at the referee.
‘The player was candid in his evidence as to why he had done so and regretted his actions,’ the panel said.
‘The panel found that as his actions disrespected the authority of the referee it was in breach of a core value of rugby – respect of match officials – and warranted a red card.
‘The panel determined that in all the circumstances it was a low entry point with no relevant mitigation. The sanction is a two-week ban.’
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