Ronan O’Gara could miss Sunday’s pivotal Heineken Cup showdown with Racing Metro as he looks likely to be cited for kicking out at Edinburgh’s Seán Cox.
The Cork man kicked out at the opposition lock having been obstructed in an off the ball incident with the two players in question nowhere near the action.
The incident prompted a 12 man scuffle, but the referee Greg Garner and his two assistants took no action on.
If found guilty, the out-half faces a ban of at least four weeks. This could increase to eight weeks if the incident is thought to be serious enough or possibly even 12 weeks. The latter punishment would be a rare course of action and would rule the soon-to-be 36 year-old out of the Six Nations as well as a potential Heineken Cup quarter-final in the unlikely event that the two time champions reach the knockout stages.
At the age O’Gara is now, a 12 week absence from front line rugby could feasibly mean an ignominious end to a stellar elite level rugby career.