Bristol Bears tighthead prop Kyle Sinckler will face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday for allegedly swearing at referee Karl Dickson during the recently concluded Premiership game against Exeter Chiefs.
The 27-year-old was cited by citing commissioner Duncan Bell for a breach of Law 9.28 that deals with "failing to respect the authority of the match official".
The England international was alleged to have said "are you f**king serious?" to Dickson after he decided not to penalise Exeter's Luke Cowan-Dickie for a no-arms tackle during the game which was won by Bristol Bears with a 20-7 margin.
Sinckler expressed his apologies over his action following the game on his social media account.
“Want to apologise for my reaction today. Not the example I want to be setting," he tweeted.
“Heat of the moment stuff. Will make a conscious effort to improve. My bad.”
If proved guilty, Sinckler could face a ban of two weeks which is the sanction for low-range while the sanction for mid-range is four weeks.