Arno Botha to face disciplinary panel

Munster back-row Arno Botha will attend a disciplinary hearing in London on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s clash with Saracens at Allianz Park.

Referee Romain Poite gave Botha his marching orders in the 81st minute of the corresponding Champions Cup match which the Irish province won 10-3 at Thomond Park on Saturday.

Botha, who came on as a replacement for CJ Stander in the 70th minute, was red carded for striking the Saracens replacement, Nick Tompkins (No 23), with his arm in contravention of Law 9.12.

Munster's Arno Botha will attend a disciplinary hearing in London tomorrow ahead of Saturday's Champions Cup clash away to Saracens.#SARvMUN #SUAF pic.twitter.com/jkqMfGCtA7

— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) December 10, 2019

The independent Disciplinary Committee will be chaired by Dan White (England) and the rest of the panel comprises Frank Hadden (Scotland) and Marcello d’Orey (Portugal).

If the committee do find against Botha, he could be sidelined for a minimum of two weeks.

Under World Rugby’s Sanctions for Foul Play, Law 9.12 relating to striking with the arm carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-range: 6 weeks; Top end: 10 to 52 weeks.