Leicester scrum-half Micky Young could face 12-week 'gouging' ban after Heineken Cup victory
Leicester scrum-half Micky Young could be given a ban of at least 12 weeks having been cited for allegedly making contact with the eyes or eye area of Aironi wing Giulio Toniolatti during Saturday’s Heineken Cup victory at Welford Road.
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Tournament organisers European Rugby Cup received the complaint from citing commissioner John Kirk on Tuesday.
The 23 year-old’s disciplinary hearing has been set for Friday and forces him to miss Saxons’ match against Irish Wolfhounds the following day. Saracens’ Ben Spencer has been called up in his place.
Meanwhile, Irish rugby is in line for a windfall of more than £3 million if Leinster, Munster or Ulster go on to win the Heineken Cup, which is likely to widen the gap between the spending power of the three provinces and the Aviva Premiership clubs.
By the terms of the new Heineken Cup participation agreement, the Irish Rugby Football Union will net more than £1 million after all three sides qualified for the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time in its history.
Under tournament rules, Munster and Ulster will share the gate receipts from their quarter-final at the 26,000-capacity Thomond Park, while Leinster will be given 65 per cent of the gate of their quarter-final against Cardiff after moving it to the 50,000-capacity Aviva Stadium.