England hooker Dylan Hartley has been cited for allegedly biting the finger of Stephen Ferris during England’s 30-9 defeat of Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday evening.
Although not picked up at the time of the incident Hartley is accused of biting the finger of Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris in the 23rd minute.
The Six Nations released a statement on Monday evening saying “England hooker Dylan Hartley has been cited following the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday for an alleged biting offence.
“The independent Six Nations citing commissioner for the match, Alberto Recaldini (Italy), cited the England player under IRB Law 10.4(m), “Acts contrary to good sportsmanship”, for allegedly biting the finger of an opponent in the 23rd minute of the first-half.
“The player’s hearing will be held by an independent Six Nations disciplinary committee at a date to be confirmed.”
Should Hartley be found guilty he faces a ban ranging from 12 to 24 weeks depending on the severity of the incident.