Danny Cipriani to appear before disciplinary panel

Danny Cipriani suffers another setback
Danny Cipriani suffers another setback

Gloucester Rugby fly-half Danny Cipriani will appear before an independent disciplinary panel on Wednesday following his red-card incident in the recently concluded European Champions Cup encounter against Munster at Thomond Park last weekend.

The England international was sent-off in the 29th minute of the game for a dangerous tackle on Munster centre Rory Scannell. The decision proved costly as the Cherry and Whites succumbed to a 36-22 defeat that saw them slip to the third position in Pool 2.

Cipriani, who was named the Premiership Player of the Month for September has been in top form for Gloucester this season but despite his good run he was left out of England's autumn international squad.

If proved guilty, the 30-year-old will face a minimum of two-week ban for low-range sanction and a six-week suspension for mid-range while the top end of the charge will see him suspended close to a year.

Earlier, Cipriani was fined £2,000 each by Jersey Magistrates' Court and his club Gloucester Rugby after he pleaded guilty to common assault and resisting arrest following his involvement in a nightclub assault.