O’Driscoll to face citing hearing on Wednesday

Disciplinary committee to meet in London to rule on alleged stamp

Brian O'Driscoll sits in the sin-bin at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

Brian O'Driscoll sits in the sin-bin at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

Tue, Mar 19, 2013, 16:38

Ireland centre Brian O’Driscoll will face a Six Nations disciplinary committee in London on Wednesday morning after being cited for an alleged stamp on Italy flanker Simone Favaro during last Saturday’s defeat at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Robert Williams of Wales will chair of the independent committee along with the English duo of Mike Hamlin and John Doubleday.

The 34-year-old was sent to the sin-bin after 30 minutes by English referee Wayne Barnes, one of three yellow cards received by Irish players during the 22-15 defeat.

It was only the second time in his 14-year professional career that O’Driscoll has been sent to the sin bin.

The recommended suspension for a low end stamping offence is two weeks, the mid range five weeks and top end nine weeks, up to a maximum of one year.